Pop icon Taylor Swift has officially filed a lawsuit against a former radio host for allegedly sexually assaulting her. The assualt in question occurred before a June 2013 concert at Denver, Colorado's Pepsi Center, when Swift claims to have been groped under her skirt by radio host David Mueller.
Earlier this year, Mueller filed a lawsuit against the artist in which he seeks restitution for damages to his life and career. The former KYGO host lost his job (and an estimated $150,000 yearly salary) and has been banned from attending Taylor Swift's shows for the rest of his life. Furthermore, he claims that the allegations have damaged future job prospects and ruined his name for endorsements.
In his suit filed against Swift, David Mueller by no means denies that the 1989 musician was inappropriately touched; however, he claims that he was not the culprit of the crime. Mueller shifts the blame for the incident onto his boss Eddie Haskell. Taylor Swift and company are not buying it, and they say as much in her own counter-suit: "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," Swift and her team of lawyers state in the suit, which goes on to describe Mueller's behavior as "humiliating and wrongful."
The counter-suit depicts Taylor Swift's recounting of the event, claiming that the former radio host "intentionally reached under her skirt and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will" during a meet and greet encounter. The assault left Swift "surprised, upset, offended, and alarmed," and it is alleged that she immediately informed her team of the gross misconduct. Shortly thereafter, Mueller was asked to leave the event.
If she wins the lawsuit, Swift, who is estimated to earn upwards of $365 million this year, doesn't plan on keeping the funds for her own pocketbook. Instead, the "Shake It Off" songstress intends to donate the money to "organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard." In fact, Taylor Swift's motives behind the suit is to serve "as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."