Taylor Swift is urging a court not to release photos of radio DJ David Mueller allegedly groping her. But it's not for the reason you'd think: She fears it will arouse people.
Swift said in her legal documents that making the photos public as part of an ongoing lawsuit would "be shared for scandalous" reasons, TMZ reports.
The singer says she believes the "extremely personal and sensitive" images would sway the case in an unfair direction.
“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,” the motion reads, The Wave reports. “Ms. Swift’s privacy outweighs the public’s interest in accessing Exhibit 14 and any documents describing it.”
Mueller sued Swift in 2015 after he was fired when she alleged he had pulled up her skirt and groped her backstage at a 2013 Colorado concert, the Daily Mail reports. Swift countersued in October 2015.
Mueller claims he did not inappropriately touch Swift in any way, adding he was with his girlfriend at the time.
He says the meet-and-greet went well and that "[Swift] remained pleasant as she bid them goodbye."
Mueller adds he admittedly did brush his hand against Swift while they were taking a photo, but not inappropriately or on purpose.
Swift does not believe it was an accident.
"Mueller did not merely brush his hand against Ms. Swift while posing for the photograph," according to the documents. "He lifted her skirt and groped her."
Mueller also claimed a co-worker bragged to him later that day that he had groped Swift, who was presumably present at the time. He argues Swift's bodyguard, instead, falsely accused Mueller.
Swift says she remembers quite clearly that it was Mueller who touched her inappropriately, not his co-worker.
"Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault -- it was Mueller -- and she is not confused in the slightest about whether her long-term business acquaintance, Mr. Haskell, was the culprit," Swift's defense said.