David Mueller, the DJ Taylor Swift sued for groping her during a meet and greet, said his life is ruined a year after the lawsuit was ruled in her favor.
The trial began in August 2017, and lasted for five days. Swift sued for a record $1 over the DJ grabbing her ass during a meet and greet in Colorado in 2013. As a result of the incident, Swift was included in Time‘s Silence Breakers issue honoring women that had risen up against harassment in the workplace. A reference to the trial also made its way into the Look What You Made Me Do music video in the bathtub scene where Swift was seen lying in a pile of flashy diamonds. A dollar bill was clearly visible in that scene.
Speaking to RadarOnline, Mueller said that if he ever met the singer, he would say, “How can you live with yourself? You ruined my life. I was not ready for the photograph. I admit it was awkward but I never grabbed her. It’s not even close to what happened.”
He also said that since the trial, he has been afraid to talk to women. He said, “Now I’m afraid to even talk to women. I feel like I’m in a prison. I’m not myself anymore. I don’t even go near women.”
Even after losing the case, Mueller was able to land some work on radio in Mississippi in January 2018. He said that his work environment is stressful because the jokes about the incident do not stop. He said, “It make me upset. I was always the gentleman. I would always say, ‘Hey, watch your language, there’s a lady here,’ and then I get accused of this.”
After the groping incident took place, Swift informed Mueller’s superiors of what had happened and he lost his job at the time. He then sued Swift for making him lose his livelihood and she counter-sued for harassment. He said that even though he knew he was going to lose the case when he filed it, that something he had to do for. He said, “I know that if I didn’t do it I would have never been able to live with myself. At least now that my life is totally screwed up I’m proud of myself.”
Despite everything, Mueller said, “I don’t want anything bad to happen to her, I really don’t.”
As far as hoping for the future, Mueller said, “I don’t have a lot of listeners but if I can keep doing radio then I’ll consider myself a lucky guy.”
Since the incident, Swift has kicked off the Reputation Stadium Tour, and is now about to start the fourth and fifth leg of the tour.