The lawsuit involving Taylor Swift and former DJ David Mueller is heating up, and he says he lost his job after he was falsely accused of grabbing the pop star’s butt. This is the story of David Mueller, a former Denver radio personality whose life completely changed when he met Taylor Swift. As reported by CNN, that meeting caused him to lose his job and he was banned for life from the pop star’s concerts.
The incident began in June 2013 when Mueller, who is known on the radio as “Jackson” as part of the “Ryno and Jackson” morning show on KYGO, attended a Swift concert meet-and-greet with his girlfriend and co-worker, Shannon Melcher. Mueller and his girlfriend went backstage during the concert to take a photo with Swift and after that happened, Swift’s security team quickly escorted them from the event. Why? According to Swift’s security, Mueller allegedly lifted her “skirt with his hands and grabbed her bottom.” Two days after the incident, he was fired from his job. Now, Mueller is suing Taylor for what he said were false accusations and damages caused in his life.
In addition to losing his salary of $150,000 a year after 20 years of loyal service in the radio industry, he says he lost all possibility of being rehired elsewhere. His line of defense? Mueller explains that he met hundreds of celebrities like Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Heidi Klum, Fergie, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, and Jennifer Lopez without any incident.
“The contention that Mr. Mueller lifted up Ms. Swift’s skirt and grabbed her bottom, while standing with his girlfriend, in front of Ms. Swift’s photographer and Ms. Swift’s highly trained security personnel, during a company sponsored, VIP, backstage meet-and-greet, is nonsense, particularly given that Ms. Swift’s skirt is in place and is not being lifted by Mr. Mueller’s hand in the photograph,” the lawsuit reads.
As reported by Fox News, Taylor Swift denies putting pressure on Mueller’s employer for his termination. A statement from Swift’s publicist says Mueller’s employer was given evidence after the incident and made its own decision on his job status.
“The radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident. They made their independent decision,” Swift’s spokeswoman wrote in a email.
The Taylor Swift lawsuit comes just weeks after another controversy surrounding the 25-year-old singer-songwriter and actress. According to Reuters, her latest music video, “Wildest Dreams”, received criticism due to its scarcity of black people and its romanticized portrayal of Africa, which is far from reality.
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