Taylor Swift has filed a counterclaim against a radio DJ she alleges groped her at a promotional event.
Former radio DJ David Mueller filed a lawsuit against the singer last month, claiming he was fired from his job and banned from Swift’s concerts following her allegations that he groped her at a meet and greet in Denver, Colorado.
But now Swift has responded, filing a counterclaim which, according to People, alleges Mueller “lifted her skirt and groped her” during the fan event before her concert at the Pepsi Centre in June 2013.
People reports the countersuit details that Mueller admitted an assault occurred at the event, but he blamed his “superior” David Haskell, the program director at Denver’s country radio station, KYGO FM.
“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,” the countersuit states.
The countersuit goes on to detail that Swift, 25, was “surprised, upset, offended, and alarmed” following the incident.
“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.”
Swift is seeking damages and costs, and has requested a jury trial.
The countersuit specifies any surplus damages or costs awarded to Swift following the suit will be donated to “charitable organisations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard”.
David Mueller filed a lawsuit against the Wildest Dreams singer in the US District Court in Denver on September 11.
The Denver Postreports Mueller was attending a meet and greet with his girlfriend as an employee of KYGO FM.
According to Mueller’s suit, Swift was talking to the pair before she “suddenly announced it was picture time” and “quickly put her right arm” around his girlfriend.
Mueller joined the pair for the photo “at the last second”, after which he says Swift thanked the couple and left.
Mueller alleges he later spoke to an unnamed co-worker who “described and demonstrated how he had put his arms around [Swift], hands on her bottom” when it was his turn to meet the singer.
Based on Swift’s countersuit, it seems likely this unnamed co-worker is Haskell.
Mueller lost his job at the station as a result of the incident.
According to People, he had previously been dismissed twice from radio host jobs at other stations and hadn’t been employed as an on-air personality since 2006.
After news of Mueller’s legal action broke, Swift’s representatives said they had provided “evidence” to the radio station of the assault when it occurred, although the decision to fire Mueller came from his employer.
“The radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident,” her representatives told People in a statement. “They made their independent decision.”