'Jackson' Mueller Vs. Taylor Swift Suit Getting Messier
September 16, 2015 at 2:21 PM (PT)
An already uncomfortable story has now evolved into nothing short of awkward, as more details emerge about the lawsuit former KYGO/DENVER morning man DAVID MUELLER – known as “JACKSON” then – has filed against TAYLOR SWIFT. MUELLER claims she is responsible for his JUNE 2013 dismissal from the station (NET NEWS 9/14).
To quickly recap, SWIFT’s team accused MUELLER of allegedly touching her inappropriately during a photo opportunity at her JUNE 2013 DENVER show. Days later, MUELLER was fired. MUELLER has maintained his innocence, saying another station employee touched SWIFT and in fact, told MUELLER about his actions.
ALL ACCESS has obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which MUELLER names KYGO PD EDDIE HASKELL as the employee who touched SWIFT and, the suit says, “Described and demonstrated how he [HASKELL] put his arm around her, hands on her bottom and explained that he and one of his friends in the industry think Ms. SWIFT must wear bicycle shorts under her stage outfits.”
Asked to comment, HASKELL told ALL ACCESS exclusively: “His [MUELLER's] accusations are untrue and, in fact, not possible. I was not in the meet & greet MUELLER attended. When I saw TAYLOR we were in a radio room with her management, record label and mother in attendance. After TAYLOR left, her mother took us on a tour of the backstage area. Never was there any implication from the label or management that I was involved in any way, other than being MUELLER's supervisor.”
The suit also claims SWIFT representatives called the station the following day, “looking for specific action” in regards to the incident. During a subsequent call, SWIFT’s team told KYGO GM BOB CALL the SWIFTS were “considering all their options” if KYGO did not “handle” MUELLER. He was released the following day.
As ALL ACCESS previously reported, SWIFT’s publicist TREE PAINE submitted this statement regarding MUELLER's release: “The radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident. They made their independent decision."
In DECEMBER of 2014, MUELLER underwent a polygraph test that showed he was speaking truthfully when he denied inappropriate contact with SWIFT. MUELLER seeks to recover lost income as a result of his release; he was said to be earning $150,000 annually.
Editors Note: An earlier version of this story misidentified JACKSON as RYNO. RYNO REMAINS with KYGO in mornings and was not in any way involved with the SWIFT incident. We apologize for this error.