As Taylor Swift prepares to take the stand in a Denver courtroom against a DJ accused of groping her, her deposition transcript was recently revealed, which may indicate what the singer plans to say in court.
According to Swift, a former Colorado country music DJ at 98.5 KYGO, David Mueller, groped her in 2013 at a backstage Denver concert at the Pepsi Center, during her Red Tour meet and greet.
Instead of contacting authorities, the incident was reported to Mueller’s superior at the station, which ultimately led the to DJ losing his job. Mueller sued Swift for $3.3 million, claiming that she should have went to police with her allegations and allowed a proper investigation instead of going straight to his boss. Mueller said a co-worker groped Swift, but the singer said she was absolutely sure it was Mueller.
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Swift countersued Mueller for $1, and although she originally didn’t want to take the legal route, she hopes that the countersuit is “serving as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
“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 ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there. It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life,” Taylor told Mueller’s lawyer, describing how he reportedly groped her while posing with her for a photo during a meet and greet.
When the attorney asked Swift if the incident could’ve possibly been an accident, she was adamant that the act was intentional.
“It was not an accident… I moved as far away from that man as I could, and he continued to inappropriately grab my ass under my dress.”
While looking at the photo, Swift pointed to Mueller and explained that he was “in progress of lifting my skirt in order to grab my ass underneath it.”
When questioned if Mueller groped her before or after the photo, Swift said she couldn’t pinpoint the exact second the alleged incident occurred because she became shocked and frightened by Mueller’s actions.
“It’s impossible to know if that was the moment before the moment of him grabbing it or the moment when he was latched on and wouldn’t let go even though I was squirming and obviously lurching to the side towards his female companion because I was shocked and scared and stunned.”
“I was there, so I felt it… I experienced it. It happened to me, so I’m positive that it did happen, Swift continued.
Immediately after the meet and greet, Swift told her mother what happened while they were both in the dressing room at the concert venue. Swift said she remembered “being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before.”
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Swift claimed that she didn’t think about calling the police on Mueller but instead, her radio promotion director, Frank Bell, called KYGO and informed Mueller’s boss, which ran its own investigation into the matter. The “Shake it Off” singer said she had nothing to do with station’s decision to fire Mueller and she was not any part of the termination process.
According to AP, the station fired Mueller while citing “a morality clause in his contract that allows his employer to fire him for conduct that could reflect unfavorably on the station or its sponsors.”
“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,” Swift said.
Swift could take the stand in the groping case as soon as today.
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