Thursday, October 29, 2015

Tush Gate: Taylor Swift Countersues Personality

Taylor Swift
Last month, former Country KYGO personality David “Jackson” Mueller sued Taylor Swift for claiming he touched her tush during a backstage photo op. Mueller says the claim by Swift led to his firing as a $150,000 Ryno and Jackson morning show host on KYGO 98.5 FM in Denver.

Wednesday, Swift has replied to Mueller’s suit — and she isn’t happy. The Washington Post reports documents filed in U.S. District Court in Colorado state Swift not only denied Mueller’s charges, but countersued, alleging assault.

“In the course of his meet and greet with Ms. Swift, 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,” Swift’s suit read. “Mueller did not merely brush his hand against Ms. Swift while posing for the photograph; he lifted her skirt and groped her.”

When Mueller “groped her bottom,” the singer “was surprised, upset, offended, and alarmed” — then had to go play a show for 13,000 people.

David Muellar
The singer rejected Mueller’s contention, in his suit, that another staff member of his radio station was the one who transgressed.

“Mueller’s newfound claim that he is the ‘wrong guy’ and, therefore, his termination from KYGO was unjustified, is specious,” Swift’s suit read. “Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault — it was Mueller.”

The suit also claimed Mueller “was twice terminated from on-air radio positions he held with other radio stations” and, before his six-month stint at KYGO, had not been on the air since 2006.

Swift’s suit it “will serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.” Any damages “will be donated to charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard.”

Taylor's asking for damages to be assessed by a jury, and says she'll be donating any money she wins to women's charities.

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