Swift felt 'violated' after being groped

In an ongoing lawsuit, pop star Taylor Swift, seen here at a performance last Saturday in Austin, Texas, has accused radio DJ David Mueller of groping her during a fans' meet-and-greet in Denver in 2013.
In an ongoing lawsuit, pop star Taylor Swift, seen here at a performance last Saturday in Austin, Texas, has accused radio DJ David Mueller of groping her during a fans' meet-and-greet in Denver in 2013.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE- PRESSE

WASHINGTON • Taylor Swift described feeling frantic, distressed and violated after being allegedly groped by a Colorado DJ.

She was giving sworn evidence on video in a lawsuit against radio DJ David Mueller, accusing him of groping her at a fans' meet-and- greet following a concert in Denver, Colorado, in 2013.

She demanded a jury trial and asked that a photo of the alleged groping be kept from the public. Last Friday, a judge granted her that, agreeing to seal the photograph, but denied her request to withhold other evidence.

Her long, legal battle with Mueller began when he allegedly groped her while posing at the fans' meet with the pop star and his girlfriend. That evening, Swift's security team approached him and accused him of groping the superstar, Billboard reported.

Mueller was fired a few days later from the radio station Kygo, where he worked.

In response, Mueller filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court in Denver claiming that he lost his job - and was banned from Swift's concerts for the rest of his life - based on false allegations.

He claimed that it was, in fact, a co-worker who had groped Swift. He claimed that his "superior" at Kygo, Mr Eddie Haskell, "described and demonstrated how he had put his arms around her, hands on her bottom".

"Mueller steadfastly maintains that no inappropriate contact of any kind occurred between him and Ms Swift," the filing, obtained by the Denver Post, stated.

In response to that, Swift filed her countersuit in October last year. If she wins, she claimed that she would donate any proceeds to "charitable organisations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard".

"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, according to People.

"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."

Her lawyers argued that the photo of the alleged groping should not be shared with the public as it "will be shared for scandalous and prurient interests".

Billboard obtained a transcript of a video deposition Swift gave in July, in which she offered a detailed account of events that day in June 2013.

"Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my a** cheek and no matter how much I scooted over, it was still there," Swift said. "It was completely intentional, I've never been so sure of anything in my life."

She also explained the emotional toll the alleged assault has taken on her. "I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before," she said.

"A meet-and-greet is supposed to be a situation where you're thanking people for coming, you're supposed to be welcoming people into your home, which is the arena for that day, and for someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned."

WASHINGTON POST

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 26, 2016, with the headline 'Swift felt 'violated' after being groped'. Print Edition | Subscribe