Swift countersues ex-radio host
LOS ANGELES: American singer Taylor Swift has filed a countersuit in response to a case against her by former radio host David Mueller, who claimed he lost his job because of the singer’s false accusation of groping against him.
The Blank Space crooner filed the countersuit on October 28, against the radio host who reportedly groped her during a meet-and-greet in 2013.
According to the countersuit obtained by people.com, Mueller was previously terminated twice from on-air radio jobs at other stations and hadn’t worked as an on-air personality since May 2006.
According to the papers, he said that Swift was assaulted, but blamed “my superior” at KYGO, Eddie Haskell.
“Ms Swift knows exactly who committed the assault — it was Mueller — and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr Haskell, was the culprit,” the countersuit states.
“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,” it says.
The papers allege Mueller and his girlfriend were participating in a meet-and-greet with Swift, when he “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”.
“Mueller did not merely brush his hand against Ms Swift while posing for the photograph. He lifted her skirt and groped her,” stated the papers.
After the alleged incident, the singer was “surprised, upset, offended, and alarmed”, and informed her photographer, tour manager and security team, according to the papers.
According to the suit, the Bad Blood crooner, who is demanding a jury trial, will be donating any money she wins from the suit to “charitable organisations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard”.
Neither Swift’s representative nor Mueller’s lawyer made a comment.