Published Aug 14, 2017Taylor Swift's long legal battle with former DJ David Mueller has finally come to an end, with a jury ruling in her favour this evening. The decision came after the jury deliberated for four hours regarding the case that centred on allegations that Mueller had groped Swift during a pre-concert meet-and-greet in Denver in 2013.
As a result of the ruling, Mueller has been ordered to pay a symbolic $1 settlement to Swift. The lawsuit reads that the payment is intended to be "an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating act."
The jury — comprising six women and two men — also found the singer's mother, Andrea Swift, not liable for tortious interference.
Following the news, Swift released a statement, thanking her legal team and vowing to make donations to organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves:
I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process.
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.
After the initial assault took place, Mueller lost his job following an internal investigation at KYGO. He instigated the legal battle, suing the pop star for $3 million USD in damages. Swift countersued with allegations of sexual assault.
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