Taylor Swift is reportedly livid over the leak of a photo that she claimed showed a radio DJ sexually assaulting her. Now Swift and David "Jackson" Mueller are preparing to battle the issue out once and for all in court with their dueling lawsuits.
As RadarOnline.com reported, Mueller had accused 26-year-old Swift of wrongly getting him fired from his $150,000-per-year job at the Colorado country music station 98.5 KYGO, where he had worked since 2013.
Mueller explained that his bosses told had him to attend a meet-and-greet event at Swift's concert on June 2, 2013. Mueller was allowed a guest to the concert, and he brought along his girlfriend.
Mueller noted in his suit that while backstage both he and his girlfriend complimented Swift, took photos with her and received autographs. The DJ claimed that their interaction with Swift "remained pleasant as she bid them goodbye."
However, the seemingly banal situation took a turn for the worse when Swift's bodyguard approached the radio DJ later on and accused him of grabbing Swift's butt when they took their photo together.
Mueller was ejected from the venue and revealed in his suit that station bosses eventually cut him loose as a result of Swift and her team's allegations.
In 2015, he demanded unspecified damages because of the loss of his career.
Taylor fired back and insisted that Mueller groped her at the 2013 event.
She then counter-sued Mueller for sexual assault against her on the night of the concert and she's seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
Both parties are now making final preparations for the pending trial, and Swift has fired off another salvo after a photograph of the alleged groping incident was leaked and ended up on a celebrity website — even though a court order had specifically banned both parties from releasing the image.
Mueller denied he or anyone connected to him leaked the photo, which his lawyer said proved that the sexual assault claimed by Swift never happened.
Swift insisted the decision by Mueller and his lawyer to go "public with their one-sided, self-serving version of events violates the intent behind the prior ruling of this Court, which was designed to avoid trying the case in the media and compromising the jury pool."
"The Court should address Plaintiff's public statements and impose any appropriate Order governing extra judicial statements going forward, such as making it clear that all of the Parties and their counsel are strictly prohibited from making any public statement, disclosure or comment on this matter prior to and pending trial," added Swift.
Mueller stated he has no problem with a gag order; he would simply like there to be a level playing field in the trial.
Radar can reveal that both Swift and her mother, Andrea, are expected to take the stand when the case comes to trial.
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