Disgraced former Denver DJ David Mueller, who a jury believed groped Taylor Swift at a concert meet-and-greet, told the AP he sent the superstar singer a symbolic Sacagawea dollar as “a final jab.” Meanwhile Swift landed on the cover of Time magazine, with other women who’ve been sexually assaulted, and told the story about how Mueller reached under her dress and grabbed her.
In the Time interview, Swift goes into detail for the first time about what happened to her before that concert in 2013. “When we were posing for the photo, he stuck his hand up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek. I squirmed and lurched sideways to get away from him, but he wouldn’t let go. At the time, I was headlining a major arena tour and there were a number of people in the room that saw this, plus a photo of it happening. I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances and high stakes, imagine what he might do to a vulnerable young artist if given the chance. It was important to report the incident to his radio station because I felt like they needed to know. The radio station conducted its own investigation and fired him. Two years later, he sued me.”
Mueller sued Swift for defamation, saying she cost him a $150,000-a-year job. He asked for $3 million in damages. Swift countersued for $1. This summer a jury ruled in her favor.