Denver, Colorado DJ, David Mueller, sued Taylor Swift this week.
The basis of the suit is that Mueller was fired from his job after an accusation that he sexually assaulted the Shake It Off singer. The incident occurred at a meet-and-greet on June 2, 2013. He was attending the event for work with his girlfriend/coworker Shannon Melcher. The two of them met Swift after the concert at the Pepsi Center. Swift quickly took a photo with the couple, thanked them, and then they left the area. Shortly after their encounter, Swift’s security team surrounded the pair and escorted them off the concert grounds.
Going backstage at events is something that Mueller was often asked to do for his work at 98.5 KYGO. According to court documents he has met with celebrities like Beyonce and Britney Spears in the past and has never had any complaints about being unprofessional, let alone inappropriate or abusive.
The claim that Swift made was that during the photo Mueller had reached under her “skirt with his hands and grabbed her bottom.” Following the incident, representatives from the radio station were contacted by members of Swift’s management. As a result of the correspondence, Mueller lost his job.
The lawsuit that Mueller filed claimed:
“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 photo, which was the focal point of the accusation is mentioned again in the suit. Documents state:
“(In) the photograph, Ms. Swift is smiling and hugging Ms. Melcher. Although Mr. Mueller’s hand is behind Ms. Swift and therefore not visible, it is clear that her skirt is in place and is not being lifted by Mr. Mueller’s hand. Similarly, Ms. Swift’s hand is behind Mr. Mueller and therefore not visible.”
If Mueller wins the lawsuit he will be recuperating his lost income. He has been working in the radio industry for two decades and his yearly salary was $150,000. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court.
Tree Paine is a spokesperson for Swift. In an email to CNN, she claims that Mueller’s loss of employment didn’t come at the hands of Swift’s management team. She said:
“The radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident. They made their independent decision.”