Sorry guys, but you won’t be seeing any photos of Taylor Swift‘s alleged butt-groping incident anytime soon.
The “Shake it Off” singer, who’s currently locked in a legal battle with a former DJ who allegedly groped her butt, has filed legal papers to keep evidence from the lawsuit out of the public’s hands, including one photo that is “extremely personal and sensitive in nature.”
Swift is being sued by David Mueller, who says he was fired after being accused of “grabbing Ms. Swift’s bottom” at a meet-and-greet at Denver’s Pepsi Center in June 2013. The radio personality, who goes by the professional name “Jackson,” has adamantly denied the accusation. Swift subsequently filed a countersuit against Mueller.
In a joint motion filed last week in federal court in Colorado, Swift and the other parties in the suit seek to keep her motion for summary judgment, as well as “confidential and private evidence” relating to it, out of the public eye.
The joint motion in particular mentions a “photograph taken on June 2, 2013, and documents describing it.”
“Exhibit 14 is extremely personal and sensitive in nature and should not be shared with the public until absolutely necessary (at trial),” the motion reads.
The motion contends that, given the intense public interest in the case, dissemination of the evidence to the public would likely taint the potential juror pool in the case.
However, the motion adds, the photo in question would likely be shared for “scandalous and prurient interests.”
“In addition to the likelihood of these documents swaying a jury, it is all but assured that the photograph will be shared for scandalous and prurient interests — reasons that have nothing to do with the public’s interest in the Court’s decision making,” the motion reads. “Ms. Swift’s privacy outweighs the public’s interest in accessing Exhibit 14 and any documents describing it.”
Swift’s countersuit, filed in October 2015, makes mention of a photo documenting the alleged incident.
“Defendants admit that Mr. Bell showed Mr. Haskell a photograph of Mueller with his hand in an inappropriate place and a grin on his face,” the papers said, referring to Frank Bell, Director of Radio & Research at 13 Management, who is named as a co-defendant in the filing.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.