On Wednesday, Taylor Swift filed a countersuit in U.S. District court in Denver against the former radio host who claimed in a lawsuit last month that he was fired after being falsely accused of inappropriately touching her bottom during a photo shoot.
David Mueller was fired two days after Swift performed at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013. He had been accused of touching Swift inappropriately during a photo shoot. In his suit, former radio host David Mueller denies that he had any inappropriate contact with Swift, and alleges that in fact his boss, Eddie Haskell, claimed to have touched Swift’s rear.
The documents filed on Wednesday characterize Mueller’s claim that he is the “wrong guy” as “specious,” stating that Swift had never met Mueller before that night. “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.”
According to the filing, Swift hopes that the resolution of the counterclaim (in her favor) will serve a greater purpose, “as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
Swift is asking for a jury trial and will donate any money she wins from the suit to “charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard.”
“Mueller did not merely brush his hand against Ms. Swift while posing for the photograph: he lifted her skirt and groped her,” the countersuit claims. Swift immediately told her photographer, tour manager, and security that a man had groped her without her consent.
“Ms. Swift was forced to begin a several-hour long concert in front of 13,000 fans still distressed that she had been so inappropriately touched.”