Pop-country superstar Taylor Swift is asking the courts to seal docs and photos that she says prove that a radio host groped her in 2013. That radio host, David Mueller, also agreed with the motion.
According to the Denver Post, Swift and co. are stating that one photograph specifically will be shared publicly to make Swift look bad and will influence the jury pool.
“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,” says the motion.
The motion asks that the exhibit in question not be shared until actually needed because it is too personal and sensitive.
“Exhibit 14 is extremely personal and sensitive in nature and should not be shared with the public until absolutely necessary (at trial),” the motion says.
The Post says that if Judge William Martinez allows the motion, no trial will happen and the photo will never be released to the public.
Mueller, the alleged groper, had been KYGO-FM’s “Ryno and Jackson” show, playing the part of Jackson. After the alleged incident in June 2013, the station fired him. He’s accused of lifting Swift’s skirt and groping her while at a meet-and-greet.
“Mueller did not merely brush his hand against Ms. Swift while posing for the photograph: he lifted her skirt and groped her,” the motion reads.
He denies ever being involved and says a fellow colleague was the person who committed the inappropriate act against Swift. In turn, Mueller is suing for slander because he believes he was fired (and banned for life from Swift’s concerts) based on false accusations.
But Swift’s filing says she “knows exactly who committed the assault — it was Mueller.”
“She has held thousands of meet-and-greet events for both fans and radio station personnel,” it says. “In those thousands of events, she has been inappropriately groped one time — by Mr. Mueller.”
Thomas Russell, a University of Denver law professor, says Swift’s claim is legit and that she has a good case.
“If you intentionally touch someone’s rear end (without permission), that is battery,” he told the Post. “Legally speaking, they’ve certainly alleged enough facts to proceed with the case.”
“It’s probably a bit naive of Mr. Mueller and his attorneys to think that Ms. Swift would not mount a strong defense,” he said.
If there’s any doubt, it’s always best to side with the victim in these types of cases. And we can be sure this isn’t a money grab on Swift’s part.
“Any recovery obtained by Ms. Swift will be donated to charitable organizations,” the filing says.