'I didn't do it': DJ found to have groped Taylor Swift speaks out

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August 16, 2017 10:23:04

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

Key points:

  • David Mueller says he “never grabbed” Taylor Swift, would “pass a polygraph”
  • Mueller was found guilty of groping the singer while posing for a photo with her four years ago
  • Mueller may file an appeal against the verdict

Swift delivered scathing testimony against David Mueller during a week-long trial in Denver, but in an interview with ABC America he insisted 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,” Mueller told Good Morning America.

Swift was awarded the symbolic $US1 in damages that she had sought after a federal jury found that Mueller had groped her.

The jury rejected Mueller’s claims that members of Swift’s management team had gotten 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 onto my bare ass cheek. I felt him grab onto my ass cheek under my skirt,” she testified.

Mueller, who had an expert calculate his loss of up to $US3 million in future earnings, told GMA 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.

Mueller said he may file an appeal.

After the verdict, Swift released a statement saying she hoped to “help those whose voices should also be heard” and would make donations to organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves. She has not spoken publicly since.

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

Kesha tweeted that she supported Swift and admired her “strength and fearlessness.”

Reuters

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August 16, 2017 08:03:18



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