Taylor Swift Wins Sexual Assault Case Against Former DJ David Mueller
Pop superstar Taylor Swift has won her sexual assault case after a jury found ex-radio host David Mueller to have groped her during a backstage photo opportunity, the UK Standard reports.
After a week-long trial over duelling lawsuits, jurors found on Monday that Mr Mueller assaulted the popstar by grabbing her backside at a 2013 concert.
Ms Swift was awarded a symbolic $1 in damages following the case and was seen emotionally hugging her crying mother as she thanked her lawyers for fighting for her and “anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault”.
The disgraced radio host had tried to sue the popstar, claiming her sexual assault allegations had caused him to lose his job.
But Ms Swift launched a countersuit against Mr Mueller, with the judge having thrown out his claims last week.
On Monday, the judge also rejected claims Mueller had made against the Shake It Off singer’s mother, Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell.
Mr Mueller sued the trio, seeking up to 3 million dollars.
Just before closing arguments, the judge dismissed Taylor Swift from Mr Mueller’s lawsuit and drastically reduced the amount he could collect.
The singer-songwriter said in her countersuit that she wanted a symbolic 1 dollar ((77p) and the chance to stand up for other women.
Ms Swift hugged her crying mother after the jury’s verdict.
She said in a statement: “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.”
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