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Taylor Swift Countersues Former Denver DJ Who Allegedly Groped Her

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Taylor Swift has countersued David Mueller, a former country radio DJ who filed a lawsuit against the country-turned-pop superstar after he was fired for allegedly touching her inappropriately.

In early September, Mueller filed his lawsuit, which claims that he lost his job and prospective business opportunities because of the allegations and looks to recuperate his lost income. The former DJ was fired from Denver radio station KYGO-FM and banned from Swift’s concerts for life after a 2013 incident at a meet and greet photo op, during which Mueller allegedly lifted up Swift’s skirt and groped her. After Swift’s team reported the incident to the station, Mueller was let go; however, Mueller says in the filing that it was another co-worker, not him, who was handsy with Swift.

On Wednesday (Oct. 28), Swift filed her countersuit, which alleges that Mueller “intentionally reached under her skirt and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission,” (quote via People, who obtained the documents). “Mueller did not merely brush his hand against Ms. Swift while posing for the photograph … He lifted her skirt and groped her.”

The filing continues, “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 singer is looking for a jury trial to settle the suits. Her filing states that any money she wins will be donated to “charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard.”

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