The allegations are flying in a heated legal battle between pop superstar Taylor Swift and a Denver radio disc jockey. The AP reports that Swift filed a counterclaim Wednesday against David Mueller after Mueller filed a wrongful termination suit against Swift.
Mueller “sued Swift in U.S. District Court in Denver in September, saying he was falsely accused by a member of her security team of grabbing the singer’s buttocks backstage at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013,” the story reports. “Mueller, who denied any inappropriate contact, said he was fired two days later from his job at KYGO radio.”
Swift’s countersuit, in which the singer is seeking a jury trial, refutes Mueller’s claim that he was wrongly accused. Mueller has indicated that it was one of his superiors at KYGO who committed the alleged assault.
In Swift’s counterclaim, her attorneys state: “Mueller’s newfound claim that he is the ‘wrong guy’ and, therefore, his termination from KYGO was unjustified, is specious. Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault — it was Mueller.”
The inappropriate touching allegedly took place during a photo session before Swift’s concert. “Attorneys for Swift say in court filings that the singer was ‘surprised, upset, offended, and alarmed’ when Mueller groped her during the pre-concert meet-and-greet,” the AP reports. “They added that Mueller did not merely brush his hand against Swift while posing for a photograph, but lifted up her skirt.”
Swift’s camp has indicated that any money the singer might receive from the legal battle will go to charitable organizations working to protect women from sexual assault.