Jury Sides With Taylor Swift in Groping Case
A Denver, Colo., jury has decided Taylor Swift was assaulted by David Mueller during a 2013 meet and greet. It was a week-long trial, and the verdict was unanimous, giving Swift a decisive win.
The Associated Press reports that Swift will collect a symbolic $1 from Mueller, a radio DJ who lost his job after the incident, in which the pop-country megastar claimed that he grabbed her butt during a photo opp prior to her concert. Mueller denied any wrongdoing and sued, claiming Swift and her team targeted him which lead to the loss of his job.
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The Denver Channel reports that Swift and her mother, Andrea, embraced as the verdict was read. Andrea wept, while Mueller didn't even look at his attorneys. His counter-claim was dismissed.
After the verdict, Swift issued the following statement:
I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration ... [my attorneys] and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support through this four-year ordeal...
I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.