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Friday 15 December 2017

'I didn't grope Taylor', says sacked radio DJ despite losing trial

Taylor Swift won her sexual assault case against ex-DJ David Mueller. Photo: PacificCoastNews
Taylor Swift won her sexual assault case against ex-DJ David Mueller. Photo: PacificCoastNews
This website snap of singer Taylor Swift (centre) and David Mueller (right) was a key piece of evidence in court

The former Colorado radio DJ who lost a court case to Taylor Swift has insisted he "never grabbed" the pop star's bare buttocks while posing for a photo with her four years ago.

David Mueller, against whom Swift delivered scathing testimony during a week-long trial in Denver, told ABC television's Good Morning America that he "didn't do what they say I did".

"I didn't do it. I never grabbed her. I never had my hand under her skirt. And I can pass a polygraph," he said.

Fired

Swift (27) was awarded a symbolic $1 in damages that she had sought after a federal jury found Mueller had groped her.

The jury rejected Mueller's claims that members of Swift's management team had got him fired from his "dream job" at a local radio station by making false accusations.

Swift said there was no question in her mind that Mueller had intentionally slipped his hand under her skirt to clutch her bottom.

"It was intentional. He stayed latched on to my bare ass cheek. I felt him grab on to my ass cheek under my skirt," she testified.

Mueller, who had an expert calculate his loss of up to $3m (€2.6m) in future earnings, said yesterday he had filed the lawsuit against Swift two years ago not for financial gain but to procure a note from her to help his applications at future jobs.

"I asked for something in writing which stated that there was a misunderstanding and I can take that and possibly convince someone at a radio station to hire me," Mueller said.

He said he may file an appeal.

After Monday's verdict, Swift released a statement saying she hoped to "help those whose voices should also be heard" and would make donations to organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.

Swift received support from stars including singer Kesha, who has been involved in a three-year legal battle against a music producer she accused of rape and emotional abuse.

She tweeted that she supported Swift and admired her "strength and fearlessness."

Singer Nelly Furtado also praised Swift for "fighting 4 women's safety in the workplace".

Tears

Swift had broken down in tears during closing statements in the trial as her lawyer said she was taking the action "on behalf of all women".

Douglas Baldridge said the trial was intended to send a message that "no means no".

Swift took the stand for about an hour last week, testifying that Mueller grabbed her bare backside and held on for a long time during a meet-and-greet.

"He stayed attached to my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him," she said, later adding: "It was a definite grab. A very long grab."

Mueller lost his job as a result of Swift telling the story.

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