Jury Rules in Favor of Taylor Swift in Sexual Assault Trial
After a four-hour deliberation, a jury unanimously decided that former radio DJ David Mueller DID, in fact, sexually assault Taylor Swift during a meet & greet in 2013. The man will have to pay the singer $1 in damages, which is all the she requested in her countersuit.
The 27-year-old released a statement thanking her legal team and everyone who supported her in this process shortly after the trial concluded:
“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.
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.”
Last Friday, the judge threw out the radio host’s $3 million lawsuit against the former country crooner, stating that there was not enough evidence. He claimed she ruined his reputation and caused him to lose his job by making up a story that he grabbed her butt during a backstage meeting.
Andrea Swift, the blonde’s mother, and radio promotions director Frank Bell were both found not liable for interfering with Mueller’s employment contract, either.
Upon hearing the jury’s decision, a crying Andrea grabbed her daughter in a hug, obviously relived that this horrific ordeal is finally over and the truth prevailed.