Meet and greets with celebs are awkward by nature. You don’t know them, they don’t know you, but there you are crammed together in some room with a bunch of the celeb’s “people” watching your every move as you quickly try to make small talk before you’re told to look at the camera and smile. Done! Now get the hell out of here! It’s one of the most unorganic social interactions you can take part in. So it’s not surprising when either party acts a fool.
Every star handles it differently. Some like to get up close and personal with their fans…
…while others do not.
When Denver radio host David Mueller got his chance to meet Taylor Swift at the Pepsi Center on June 2, 2013, things didn’t go so smoothly. Swift allegedly claimed he lifted her “skirt with his hands and grabbed her bottom,” which led to Mueller getting canned from the radio station two days later.
Mueller denies the accusations and is now suing Swift. The lawsuit claims: “The contention that Mr. Mueller lifted up Ms. Swift’s skirt and grabbed her bottom, while standing with his girlfriend, in front of Ms. Swift’s photographer and Ms. Swift’s highly trained security personnel, during a company-sponsored VIP backstage meet and greet, is nonsense, particularly given that Ms. Swift’s skirt is in place and is not being lifted by Mr. Mueller’s hand in the photograph.”
He even threw his boss, KYGO Program Director Eddie Haskell, under the bus, possibly trying to cast suspicion on Haskell as the true butt grabber. The lawsuit continues, “Immediately upon exiting the arena, Mr. Mueller encountered Mr. Haskell. Berfore Mr. Mueller could speak, Mr. Haskell excitedly told him about his experience meeting Ms. Swift earlier that night. Mr. Haskell stated that Ms. Swift had recognized him and yelled out ‘Eddie!’ and then had rushed to him and given him a big hug. He described and demonstrated how he had put his arms around her, hands on her bottom, and then explained that he and one of his friends in the industry think Ms. Swift must wear bicycle shorts under her stage outfits.”
Swift’s camp told CNN: “The radio station was given evidence immediately after the incident. They made their independent decision.” The evidence was the photo of Mueller and Swift. So let’s see it! We’ll be the judge and jury. Someone really needs to dig this up for us.
Mueller is looking to recuperate his lost income; his salary at the time of the incident was $150,000 annually.
Perhaps Mueller’s one mistake was taking a page from the Robin Thicke book of what to do with idle hands while smiling for the camera.