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DJ Adds Claims to Suit|Against Taylor Swift

DENVER (CN) - A former disc jockey added two counts of slander to his lawsuit against Taylor Swift, in which he claims she got him fired by falsely accusing him of groping her at a photo op in 2013.

David Mueller, a former DJ for country music station KYGO, was fired in June 2013, two days after he met with Swift before a concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

Swift and her management team claim that Mueller lifted Swift's skirt and touched her bottom during the photo op. Swift's representatives called the radio station that night and demanded that Mueller be fired.

Mueller denies the allegations, and says the photo of Swift, him and his girlfriend shows that nothing happened: that the photo shows that Swift's skirt is not being lifted, though Mueller's hand is not visible behind her back.

He sued Swift in June 2015.

In his second amended complaint in Denver County Court, of Feb. 25, Mueller says he passed two polygraph tests, and that Swift refused to submit to a polygraph exam.

Mueller claims that Swift was actually groped by Eddie Haskell, Mueller's program manager at KYGO. The complaint describes a brief conversation between Mueller and Haskell the day of the meet-and-greet, in which Haskell allegedly said he had touched Swift under her skirt, and told Mueller that Swift "must wear bicycle shorts under her stage outfits."

Swift, who countersued Mueller for assault and battery in October last, insists it was Mueller who touched her inappropriately.

Swift's attorney Courtney Sullivan, with Venable Law in Washington D.C., did not respond to requests for comment. But the counterclaim states: "Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault - it was Mueller. She is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit.

"Ms. Swift reported that Mueller had groped a highly intimate part of her body without her expecting it or consenting to it. Ms. Swift was forced to begin a several-hour long concert in front of 13,000 fans still distressed that she had been so inappropriately touched."

Mueller claims that Swift defamed him, cost him his $150,000 annual salary at KYGO, and ruined his employment prospects.

The amended complaint adds slander to his charges of intentional interference with contractual relations and tortious interference with prospective economic relations.

Mueller's attorney Gabriel McFarland, with Evans & McFarland of Golden, Colo., did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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