Three years after Taylor Swift‘s meet-and-greet photo op with a former radio DJ turned into allegations of groping and wrongful termination, the “Out of the Woods” singer’s deposition was made public Friday.
David Mueller filed a lawsuit against Swift in U.S. District Court in Denver in September 2013, claiming he was fired from his job after being accused of “grabbing Ms. Swift’s bottom” at a meet-and-greet. Swift subsequently filed a countersuit for sexual assault and battery against Mueller in October 2015.
Although Swift’s motion was granted sealing a photo described as “extremely personal and sensitive” in the motion, her newly released deposition tells the story.
“He put his hand under my dress and grabbed my bare ass,” Swift said, adding, “As soon as he grabbed my ass, I became shocked and withdrawn and was barely able to say, ‘Thanks for coming,’ which is what I say to everybody. I was barely able to get the words out, and it was like somebody switched the lights off in my personality.”
Swift went into further detail when questioned: “Mr. Mueller and his friend, girlfriend — he and a woman walked in. I said, ‘Hi, thank you for coming to my show,’ introduced myself. He was very adamant in letting me know that he was with KYGO and that he was with radio. And I said, ‘Well, thank you so much for coming. Thanks for everything. Would you guys like to get a photo?’
“And so then we get in a photo formation with me in the middle, and that’s when 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 not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life.”
Mueller, who was known on air as “Jackson,” was fired from his job at KYGO-FM radio two days later, his lawsuit against Swift states.
Mueller’s “annual base salary was $150,000, with the potential for significant additional compensation in the forms of performance bonuses, product endorsement fees, and public appearance fees,” legal documents obtained by TheWrap say. Part of his job was to attend events with music superstars and other celebrities. His lawsuit seeks to recoup his lost income.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.