Taylor Swift awarded one dollar over sexual assault case against DJ
By Rita Chioma,
After nearly four hours of deliberation, a jury ruled in favor of pop star, Taylor Swift in her counter-suit against former radio host, David Mueller for alleged assault and battery.
Swift accused Mueller of groping her ass at a meet-and-greet event in June 2013. He will be required to pay $1 in damages to Swift. The jury also found the singer’s mother, Andrea Swift, not liable for tortous interference.
In a statement, Swift thanked the judge and her legal team for “fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault. 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,” Swift added in the statement, obtained by CNN.
Mueller had sued Swift, the singer’s mom Andrea Swift, and radio promotions director, Frank Bell in 2015, accusing them of interfering with his $150,000/year contract as a local morning radio DJ in Denver by pressuring his employer, KYGO radio, to fire him.
Swift’s lawsuit against Mueller argued that the trial would “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
After the verdict, Swift’s attorney, Doug Baldridge, said the ruling was “not just a win” but “something that can make a difference. It takes people like Taylor, wonderful people like Taylor, who we all know, to stand up and draw these lines,” he told the press.
He added: “As I said in the closing [argument], that dollar, that single dollar, is of immeasurable value in this ever going fight to figure out where the lines are, what’s right and what’s wrong.”