The radio DJ on the middle of the Taylor Swift groping trial has returned to the airwaves on a Mississippi station.
David Mueller, who misplaced final 12 months’s extremely publicized civil courtroom case to Swift, is now co-hosting the morning present “Jackson and Jonbob” on Greenwood’s KIX 92.7 below the on-air identify Stonewall Jackson.
His new employer, Delta Radio CEO Larry Fuss, strongly defends the hiring, which comes six months after a Denver jury sided with Swift and located Mueller had grabbed the pop-star’s bottom throughout a meet-and-greet in Denver in 2013.
“I sat down with him face-to-face in Minneapolis earlier than I supplied him the job and talked to him about it,” Fuss informed the Each day Information in a cellphone interview. “He is both the world’s greatest liar, or he is telling the reality. I are inclined to consider his model of the story and most of the people who’ve talked to him face-to-face do consider his model of the story.”
Mueller, who has lengthy denied Swift’s allegations, started internet hosting the present 5 to 9 a.m. weekday present on Monday.
The hiring has been met with backlash on social media — together with the radio station’s Fb web page — and Fuss has robust phrases for individuals who do not just like the transfer.
“Most of them must get a life,” he stated. “Many of the response I’ve seen this morning – there’s been fairly just a few on our Fb web page, and none of it’s radio individuals, none of it’s native individuals in Mississippi. It is all originating from some Taylor Swift fan group someplace. They’re telling individuals to go to this station’s webpage and put up destructive feedback.”
Mueller was fired from his internet hosting gig on the Denver station KYGO in 2013 after Swift’s groping allegation emerged. He sued the singer in 2015 for costing him his job, prompting Swift to countersue on the grounds of sexual assault.
Their contentious case performed out over the course of six days in courtroom final August, the place Swift testified that Mueller deliberately grabbed her whereas taking a photograph on the Pepsi Middle.
“He stayed latched onto my naked a– cheek as I lurched away from him,” Swift informed the jury on the fourth day of the trial.
“It was a particular seize,” she stated. “A really lengthy seize.”
Mueller was ordered to pay out a ceremonial $1 to Swift after shedding the case.
Fuss had been looking for a morning host because the KIX station launched in July, and determined to satisfy with Mueller when he discovered he was wanting to be employed someplace.
“There was one thing within the trades about Mueller searching for a job and he stated he’d go wherever and he’d even work free of charge to get again on the air,” Fuss stated. “Once I lastly talked to him, I stated, ‘I do not anticipate you to work free of charge, however I haven’t got a funds like a station in Denver does.’ So I informed him what I might provide him and he stated, ‘That’d be nice.’ So anyway, he is working for us.”
Fuss says he anticipated many of the backlash round Mueller to have subsided by now, including that his station is presently deleting the destructive feedback being posted to the Fb web page.
A few of the staff at Mueller’s new station have been initially skeptical of the hiring resulting from Mueller’s baggage, however Fuss says all of them — together with the ladies — have been high quality with it after assembly him.
Whereas he admits bringing Mueller aboard is “possibly a tiny bit” about further publicity, Fuss contends it wasn’t the primary motive.
“Within the radio enterprise, it is all about what comes out of the audio system,” Fuss stated. “It is all the time been my aim to have one thing good-sounding popping out of the audio system. That is the explanation I employed David. He sounds good.”
Mueller broadcasted below identify Jackson whereas he was in Denver. Fuss determined to elongate that identify to Stonewall Jackson — a reference to the Accomplice Civil Struggle basic — on KIX to present his moniker a southern spin.