A few months ago, Taylor Swift won a case against a DJ at a Colorado radio station who was suing her for claiming that he sexually assaulted her by grabbing her butt.
Now, the DJ David Mueller has gotten a new job on the air at KIX 92.7, a Mississippi station – and as his new boss admitted, bringing publicity to the station might have played a role in that hiring decision.
Swift's August trial was a subject of intense media scrutiny in the United States and was hailed as a victory against sexual harassment. Swift was praised for her stoic, unflinching presence in court, where she spelled out in no uncertain terms how the DJ had groped her: “He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand, he grabbed my bare ass.” Swift sought only a symbolic $1 in damages.
Yesterday, the American press reported that not only had Mueller gotten a new job and started work on Monday’s morning shift, but that his boss Larry Fuss, the CEO of Delta Radio, defended the decision to the New York Daily News, saying, “I tend to believe his version of the story and most people who have talked to him face-to-face do believe his version of the story." He also said critics should “get a life”, and that hiring Mueller was “maybe a tiny bit” about bringing publicity to the station.
That Swift’s accusations against Mueller have not seemed to affect his employability, but even become part of the reason to hire him, is disappointing – especially in light of the Me Too movement which has not only unmasked several powerful men in entertainment as sexual predators but also rallied for them to finally suffer professional repercussions. Perhaps time will tell if Fuss and KIX 92.7 will regret their decision – after all, I can’t imagine very many musicians or celebrities wanting to visit a station that isn’t ashamed of hiring a DJ accused of groping one of the biggest stars in the world.