The “Bad Blood” between Taylor Swift and radio host David Mueller has gotten even thicker. After Mueller sued Swift for alleging that he “grabbed her bottom” during a meet-and-greet, claims which saw him fired from station KYGO, ABC reports that she has sued him right back by filing a legal counterclaim.
The incident in question is believed to have taken place at a Swift backstage meet-and-greet before her Denver Arena concert in June 2013, where Mueller was on official work business for radio station KYGO, according to reports by CNN. He had his picture taken with Swift, as you do at a meet-and-greet, but the pop star claims Mueller lifted her “skirt with his hands and grabbed her bottom.”
Mueller denied any such incident took place but was fired after a string of calls between Swift’s management and the station, which resulted in him filing a lawsuit seeking to recuperate his lost income, which was reportedly $150,000 a year at the time he was fired. He also claimed that Swift’s bodyguards and staff “verbally abused” him after accusations were made.
But in the response filed in a Denver court, Swift said that Mueller was clearly the culprit, accusing him of reaching under her skirt and touching her in an “intimate” place. Taylor said that she has held thousands of meet-and-greets throughout her career but “she has been inappropriately groped one time — by Mueller”.
“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,” the legal filing said.
The counterclaim stated that Swift didn’t feel comfortable in the situation as Mueller was larger then her, standing 1.9 metres tall and weighing over 90 kilograms. She requested a jury trial seeking punitive damages from Mueller and has said that any money granted will be donated to charitable groups that protect women.
The counterclaim states that the verdict against Mueller “will serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”