Ex-DJ David Mueller, who lost his lawsuit against Taylor Swift over a 'false' sexual assault claim, has spoken out for the first time since the trial, insisting his innocence.
Yesterday (August 14), a jury ruled in favour of Swift in the civil trial, asserting that Mueller did assault and batter her backstage at a 2013 concert in Denver.
In the suit, in which Swift counter-sued for a symbolic $1, Mueller initially filed against Taylor over allegations that her supposedly false claims had cost him his job.
And today, in an interview with Good Morning America's Clayton Sandell, Mueller continued to maintain his innocence and deny the accusations, adding that he could "pass a polygraph".
(Businesses near the courtroom made window displays to support Taylor)
"What I'm saying is that I didn't do what they say I did. I didn't do it," he said (via E! News). "I never grabbed her. I never had my hand under her skirt and I can pass a polygraph."
As for the photograph at the centre of the trial, Mueller added: "I wasn't invited to be in the photo. So it was – I just moved into the shot the best I could."
In her own statement following the verdict, Swift thanked her legal team, family and friends for offering "their support throughout this four-year ordeal."
"I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself," she said.
"My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of sexual violence. If you've been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.
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