A radio host accused of groping Taylor Swift is stepping up their legal battle by asking a judge to dismiss the pop star's countersuit against him.
David Mueller launched legal action against the Bad Blood singer in September (15), claiming he had lost his job at a radio station in Denver, Colorado after Taylor made false allegations about him groping her bottom during a meet-and-greet backstage at a concert in the city in 2013.
Taylor countersued in October (15), insisting her claims are true and asking for a jury trial to resolve the matter.
Mueller appeared in court on Tuesday (24Nov15) and demanded Taylor's court filing be struck off "as a violation of civil-law procedure", according to The Hollywood Reporter.
His attorney told the judge, "The allegations are nothing more than a public-relations manoeuvre, asserted to sensationalise defendant's counterclaim, garner favourable media attention and, ultimately, taint potential jurors."
Mueller also took aim at the pop star for pledging to donate any money won in the court case to charities for victims of sexual abuse, calling her offer "impertinent and immaterial to her claims".
In the singer's countersuit, her lawyers wrote, "Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault - it was Mueller... Resolution of this Counterclaim will demonstrate that Mueller alone was the perpetrator of the humiliating and wrongful conduct targeted against Ms. Swift, and will serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."
He allegedly "reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission."
Mueller, who originally sued the star for lost wages, has always maintained Taylor was groped by another worker at the station.