A court has decided in favor of American popstar Taylor Swift following allegations she was sexually harassed by Colorado DJ David Mueller in 2013.
Per Daily Mail:
An eight-member jury has sided with Taylor Swift in her countersuit against a fired radio DJ in Denver who is now forced to pay the singer a symbolic $1 after groping her four years ago.
The pop singer accused former radio host David Mueller of groping her during a meet-and-greet photo session in June 2013 at the Pepsi Center.
After nearly four hours of deliberating, the jury, comprised of six women and two men, ruled in favor of Swift.
Swift promised to make donations to fight against sexual assault:
‘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,’ Swift said in a statement obtained by PEOPLE.
‘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.’
The court has ordered Mueller to pay a symbolic $1 for damages per the popstar’s countersuit:
Mueller had first sued the singer, her mother and radio promotions director Frank Bell in 2015. He had accused them of interfering with his $150,000-a-year contract as a radio DJ in Denver by pressuring his employer, KYGO radio, to fire him.
Swift countersued Mueller for assault and battery after he sued her for falsely accusing him of groping her, costing him his job. The judge threw out his lawsuit against Swift on Friday, saying he could not prove that her claims got him fired from radio station KYGO.
Baldridge pointed out how Swift had no reason to make the story up and was not seeking a large payout but a $1 token award instead.
‘Taylor Swift has no desire to bankrupt this man.’