DENVER — Music superstar Taylor Swift will take the stand to tell her side of the story in a legal battle with a former disk jockey in Denver.
Swift claims David Mueller, who went by “Jackson” on KYGO, lifted her skirt and grabbed her behind when she agreed to pose for a photo with him at a meet-and-greet in June 2013.
Mueller was fired two days later.
Mueller, who attended the event with his girlfriend, has adamantly denied the accusations.
In 2015, Mueller filed a lawsuit against Swift to recuperate his lost income, claiming she falsely accused him of groping her and pressured his employer to fire him.
At the time, he was making $150,000 a year.
“The contention that Mr. Mueller lifted up Ms. Swift’s skirt and grabbed her bottom, while standing with his girlfriend, in front of Ms. Swift’s photographer and Ms. Swift’s highly trained security personnel, during a company sponsored, VIP, backstage meet-and-greet, is nonsense, particularly given that Ms. Swift’s skirt is in place and is not being lifted by Mr. Mueller’s hand in the photograph,” Mueller’s lawsuit stated.
Swift did not report the incident to the Denver Police Department and did not acknowledge the alleged sexual assault until Mueller filed the lawsuit, the Denver Post reported.
Swift countersued, claiming assault and battery. Swift states she never directed anyone to have Mueller fired.
According to the final pretrial motion, Swift will testify that Mueller “put his hand under [her] dress and grabbed [her] bare (behind).”
“Ms. Swift is absolutely certain of what Mueller did,” the pretrial document states. “Ms. Swift is certain that Mueller’s act was intentional — it was not an accident. Ms. Swift has never been ‘so sure of anything in [her] life.’
“She will also testify that she had no reason or motive to accuse Mueller of inappropriately touching her.”
The photographer who took the picture is expected to testify about Swift’s reaction to the alleged groping.
“Ms. Swift was shocked and distressed by Mueller’s harmful and offensive physical contact,” the pretrial document states.
Swift’s bodyguard, Greg Dent, is expected to testify about Mueller’s behavior at the event. Swift’s mother and manager are also expected to testify.
According to the pretrial document, Swift is seeking “attorneys’ fees and costs for all expenditures made in defending this frivolous lawsuit.”
The case is set to go to trial on Aug. 7 in Denver and is expected to last seven to 10 days.