Pop star Taylor Swift has been embroiled in a sexual assault lawsuit that includes wrongful termination and slander accusations stemming from an alleged 2013 incident. As The Inquisitr previously reported, a ruling on the case occurred last week, with the ruling barring any photographic evidence that is submitted in the case from being released to the public, and to remain under seal.
It’s a civil case that is expected to head to a jury trial soon, with the jury trial coming at the request of Taylor Swift. And, if she wins, Think Progress reports that Taylor Swift has said that she will be donating any financial reward from the lawsuit to sexual assault charities to help women that have also been affected by sexual assault.
The entire case stems from an incident that Taylor Swift alleges occurred in 2013, at a backstage meet-and-greet, reports Think Progress. And, Taylor Swift reportedly has photographic proof of the incident, but a judge ruled last week that the public will never see that.
During a photo session backstage, Taylor Swift says that a DJ known as David Mueller “groped her.” He was escorted from the area immediately by security reports the Telegraph, and fired within a few days of the incident.
Taylor Swift assumed it would be left at that. Except that it wasn’t.
David Mueller sued Taylor Swift for wrongful termination, but waited until September, 2015, to do so. He is saying her accusations led to him losing his job, reports the Telegraph. He also says that it was someone else that groped the pop star.
Taylor Swift promptly countersued the month following for assault and battery reports Think Progress. While some of the evidence within the case will be held under seal, depositions obtained last week detail Taylor’s account of the sexual assault. In one affidavit she alleges David Mueller did the following.
“Intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”
There is also a photograph that Taylor Swift alleges is proof of the assault and battery. This will not be released to the public.
Think Progress reports that four months after Taylor Swift’s counter-suit, Mueller amended his initial suit adding slander to his charges against the pop star.
To recap the timeline, the incident allegedly happened in 2013, David Mueller was fired days later by his radio station and not by Taylor Swift. In 2015 he sued her for wrongful termination. In 2016 he amended that suit and levied slander accusations against her.
While the photograph will never be released to the public, the depositions have been. A July deposition in particular recounts Taylor’s allegations, where she says there was “alleged inappropriate touching, just for the record, it was more of a grab than a touch.”
Think Progress says the allegations include statements such as “underneath my clothing” and the following.
“He put his hand under my dress and grabbed my bare a**.”
Think Progress reports that Taylor also says in her deposition that she tried to scoot over while the pictures were being taken, but that “no matter how much I scooted over it [Mueller’s hand] was still there. It was longtime intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.”
Taylor Swift also says, “It was like somebody switched the lights off in my personality. So it was pretty quick that he was gone after that.”
David Mueller denies all allegations and accuses Taylor Swift of causing him to lose his job. Two days after the alleged incident, Think Progress says that information was exchanged between Taylor Swift’s representatives and the radio station that Mueller worked for. The radio station conducted an independent investigation and fired him from the Denver radio station KYGO.
Almost two years later David Mueller sued her for wrongful termination. In her countersuit for assault and battery, Think Progress says that Taylor Swift says in her deposition, that she’s held thousands of events and posed for “countless” photographs with fans, radio personalities, and “heaps of people from the music industry…and has been inappropriately groped one time.”
On February 25, 2016, almost two and a half years after the alleged incident, David Mueller is also alleging that it was his boss, and longtime business partner of Taylor Swift’s, Eddie Haskell of Denver, Colorado, that groped Taylor Swift. He says Haskell allegedly “bragged about it after the fact,” reports Think Progress.
This is Eddie Haskell. Program Director of KYGO in Denver CO. GREAT guy. pic.twitter.com/6wmoDYsYlZ— DREW BENNETT (@iloveradio) February 28, 2015
Billboard reports that not only did David Mueller blame Eddie Haskell, who was his boss at the time, for groping Taylor Swift, but he also said that Haskell said that Taylor Swift must wear bicycle shorts under her stage outfits. How either Eddie Haskell or David Mueller would know this is unclear at this time.
Billboard also reports that Taylor’s response to the claims against Eddie Haskell are written in a countersuit by Taylor’s attorney J. Douglas Baldridge. Billboard reports that he wrote,
“It was Mueller – and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit. Resolution of this counterclaim will demonstrate that Mueller alone was the perpetrator of the humiliating and wrongful conduct targeted against Ms. Swift, and will serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
A trial date has not been set. But Think Progress reports this week that if she wins the countersuit, Taylor Swift will donate any financial reward from the suit to charities “dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard.” A charity has not been named at this time for that purpose.
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