Tay­lor Swift

The tear­ful singer fi­nally wins her as­sault case

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AF­TER SIX DAYS LIS­TEN­ING TO arguments and tes­ti­mony in the Tay­lor Swift grop­ing trial, a jury de­liv­ered a huge win to the singer, find­ing for­mer DJ David Mueller guilty of as­sault and bat­tery when he grabbed her but­tocks at a meet-and-greet in 2013. Judge Wil­liam J. Mar­tinez also dis­missed Mueller’s claim that Swift’s mother, An­drea, and one of her man­age­ment team, Frank Bell, in­ten­tion­ally in­ter­fered with his con­tract with Den­ver radio KYGO-FM, lead­ing to lost wages.

In a state­ment ob­tained by WHO, Swift—she be­came teary dur­ing clos­ing arguments— thanked the judge and jury as well as her lawyers “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.”

Dur­ing the trial, Swift, 27, had re­sponded to Mueller’s tes­ti­mony that he had sim­ply touched her arms and ribs while “jostling” for po­si­tion in a group photo at the con­cert meet-and-greet in

Den­ver. “This was not jostling,” she told the court on Aug. 10. “He did not touch my rib. He did not touch my arm ... he grabbed my bare ass.” Swift, who was 23 at the time, al­leged that Mueller, then 51, put his hand up her skirt and “It was a def­i­nite grab,” the star told the eight-mem­ber jury at the civil trial. “It was a very long grab. He stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him vis­i­bly un­com­fort­able.” Mueller had told the court it was a “hu­mil­i­at­ing thing to be ac­cused of some­thing that de­spi­ca­ble.”

Af­ter the verdict, the star ac­knowl­edged her priv­i­leged po­si­tion of be­ing able to go to court and de­fend her­self, and pledged to aid oth­ers less for­tu­nate. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. There­fore, I will be mak­ing do­na­tions ... to mul­ti­ple or­gan­i­sa­tions that help sex­ual as­sault vic­tims de­fend them­selves,” she said.

Swift (on Feb. 10) hugged her teary mother, An­drea, and her lawyers on hear­ing the verdict.

“It was long enough for me to be com­pletely sure it was in­ten­tional,” said Swift (in an Aug. 10 court sketch) of the in­ci­dent.

“I’m not go­ing to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault,” Swift (in New York on July 22) told Mueller’s lawyer. Mueller “has been hurt and wants his good name back,” said his lawyer.

The star (in a court sketch, con­sult­ing her lawyer on Aug. 8) was awarded a sym­bolic $1 in dam­ages.

Mueller (left and, right, leav­ing court on Aug. 10) claimed an un­spec­i­fied amount in dam­ages.

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