David Mueller, who was fired from his DJ job at a Denver radio station in 2013 after Swift claimed he groped her during a concert meet-and-greet, has now been hired as a DJ at a Mississippi outlet under the name Stonewall Jackson. The Washington Post reports that the chief executive of the Greenwood-based radio station, Larry Fuss, chose to hire Mueller because he believes him, and not Swift. (Mueller was found guilty in his countersuit trial last August, and was forced to pay a ceremonial $1 to Swift as a result. He still denies any wrongdoing.)
Fuss explained his decision: “I sat down with him face-to-face in Minneapolis before I offered him the job and talked to him about it,” he said. “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.”
Unsurprisingly, Swift's fans have been rallying on Twitter to defend the songstress and criticize Fuss for hiring a convicted assaulter. "To anyone who chose to ignore our reporting on how the country industry turns a blind eye to harassment and misconduct in country radio, here is more evidence. Shame on this station," one user wrote. "Larry Fuss, #TimesUp. You might want to look into the hashtag," another wrote. "Because I can tell you right now, the backlash you are receiving right now for your hiring decisions goes way beyond just Taylor Swift fans. This is about women, respect for women, and we will no longer be silent."
"And yet another example of a man in power, a radio executive, who chooses to believe a man over a woman even after a jury of his peers found him guilty of sexual assault. Do not accept this offensive behavior, America. #timesup on sweeping sexual assault under the rug," another added.