Less than a year after losing in court, David Mueller, the radio DJ found guilty of groping Taylor Swift, is making headlines once again.
Mueller has a new job, a new title, and his new boss has a lot to say in his defense.
The disgraced DJ is now co-hosting the morning show "Jackson & Jonbob" on Greenwood's KIX 92.7 in Mississippi. Mueller is operating under his new moniker Stonewall Jackson.
The move comes just six months after a Denver jury found Mueller guilty of putting his hand up Swift's skirt and grabbing the "End Game" singer's butt during a meet-and-greet in 2013. Delta Radio CEO Larry Fuss defended hiring Mueller, who started work on Monday.
"He's either the world's best liar, or he's telling the truth. 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 said.
Backlash From Taylor Swift Fans
Social media was, understandably, not impressed with the decision to give Mueller a second chance. After all, the man was found guilty of sexually assaulting one of the biggest pop stars in the world. Fuss responded angrily to complaints on the station's Facebook page.
"Most of them need to get a life. ...It's all originating from some Taylor Swift fan group somewhere. It's just people who don't have a clue, or don't really have any knowledge of the facts," he argued.
As for the name Stonewall Jackson, Fuss decided to lengthen Mueller's previous moniker, Jackson, to reference the Confederate Civil War general of the same name. This change was allegedly done to give the title a southern spin. At a time when Confederate statues are being torn down across the country, this nickname will most likely not impress anyone either.
Taylor Swift Vs. David Mueller
Mueller lost his job on Denver station KYGO back in 2013 when the allegations first surfaced. The court case occurred after he sued Swift for $3 million for loss of work, prompting the singer to countersue on the grounds of sexual assault for the total sum of $1.
"To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself," Swift revealed recently.
Fuss claims he contacted Mueller after finding out that the DJ was in search of employment. He admitted he might have done it for publicity, but thought the backlash against Mueller would have lessened by this time. According to Fuss, everybody at the station, including the women, is happy with Mueller's hiring.