Taylor Swift has won her trial in civil court against former radio host David Mueller, as a jury on Monday ruled that Mueller did indeed grope Swift at a photo shoot in June 2013.
Six women and two men made up the eight-member jury which came to a unanimous decision that Mueller groped Swift.
Reportedly, Mueller was a morning host at a country music station when he was assigned to attend Swift’s concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, back in June 2013. While backstage with his girlfriend, Mueller met with Swift, then 23, in a curtained enclosure. It was inside the enclosure where the two posed for a photo.
Taylor Swift’s bodyguard accused Mueller of reaching under Swift’s dress and groping her buttocks. Mueller denied the allegation and told Taylor’s team to call the police. He was then escorted out of the venue. Swift’s management team later called Mueller’s bosses at the radio station to complain.
Swift was awarded a token $1 in what she sees as a symbolic victory for women in a verdict she hopes will “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
“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,” the singer 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,” she added. “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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