The tearful singer finally wins her assault case
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.