Taylor Swift Sued by Colorado DJ Who Was Fired Over Accusation He Groped Singer's Butt Backstage

David Mueller denies inappropriately touching pop star; Swift's camp issues a statement

By Rebecca Macatee Oct 29, 2015 1:00 AMTags
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UPDATE: E! News has learned that Taylor Swift has won one battle in her case against David Mueller. A judge granted to seal one of the photos in evidence from the public's viewing until the case goes to trial.


E! News can confirm that Swift has filed a counter suit against Mueller, a Colorado DJ who was fired after allegations that he groped the Grammy winner backstage. 

The court documents say, "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."

"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."

The documents further state, "Mueller did not merely brush his hand against Ms. Swift while posing for the photograph. He lifted her skirt and groped her."

Swift is demanding a jury trial and, according to the court documents, any money she wins from the trial will go to "charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard."


T.Swift is being sued by a DJ in Colorado.

Per the Denver Post, Mueller (who uses the name "Jackson" on the radio) filed a suit against the singer Thursday claiming he was fired from his job at 98.5 KYGO over false allegations that he grabbed Swift's butt while taking a photo.

The incident took place during a photo session on June 2, 2013 before Swift performed at Denver's Pepsi Center. Mueller, who was then host of 98.5 KYGO's "Ryno and Jackson" morning show, was invited as part of his job to a meet and greet backstage.

According to the suit, Mueller and his girlfriend, Shannon Melcher, posed for a photo with Swift. The singer "quickly put her right arm" around Melcher's girlfriend, and the DJ himself jumped into the pic "at the last second."

Per the Denver Post, Swift thanked the couple and then left. After this, Mueller claims he encountered a co-worker who excitedly recounted his own experience meeting Swift. According to the filing, the co-worker "described and demonstrated how he had put his arms around her [Swift]" as well as how he put his "hands on her bottom."

Later in the evening, Mueller states that he and Melcher were inside the concert arena when a member of Swift's security team approached them. According to the filing, the security member accused Mueller of grabbing Swift's butt before escorting the DJ and his girlfriend to an exit.

Mueller, who denies having touched Swift inappropriately, states that he was fired June 4, 2013 because of these allegations. E! News reached out to 98.5 KYGO for comment but did not receive an immediate response.

A representative for Swift, however, told E! News in a statement, "The radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident. They made their independent decision."

Swift herself has yet to directly address the lawsuit or the DJ's claims on social media, but she has liked a slew of fans' tumblr posts supporting her for speaking up against the allegations.

—Additional reporting by Baker Machado