Taylor Swift succeeded in her effort to keep from the public a photo of a DJ allegedly groping her during a 2013 pre-concert meet-and-greet when a judge decided Friday (Oct. 21) to seal the pictures. However, the judge's decision to deny Swift's request to withhold other evidence in the case means the transcript of her July 26 deposition about the alleged incident is now publicly available. In the deposition, Swift is asked to recount the incident in detail several times, and speaks of her embarrassment and discomfort at the time.
The photo is evidence in a lawsuit that arose after a June 2013 concert, when Swift’s security team accused Denver radio DJ David Mueller of grabbing her inappropriately while they posed for a photo backstage with several other people. Two days later, Mueller was fired from his job at KYGO radio. In 2015, Mueller sued Swift, saying her accusation was false and that he lost his job as a result.
Swift’s lawyers argued that the photo shouldn’t be shared because “it is all but assured that the photograph will be shared for scandalous and prurient interests,” and that it could potentially influence a jury. The judge agreed, but ruled that other evidence in the case shouldn’t be held back.