Taylor Swift wins groping lawsuit
After a weeklong trial over dueling lawsuits, jurors determined that fired Denver DJ David Mueller assaulted the pop star by grabbing her backside during a backstage meet-and-greet. Swift hugged her crying mother after the verdict and reiterated how she wanted to stand up for other women.
“My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard,” the singer said in a statement, acknowledging her ability to afford attorneys to defend her in court. “Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”
The six-woman, two-man jury also found that Swift’s mother and radio liaison were within their rights to contact Mueller’s bosses about the groping.
Mueller sued the Swifts and their radio handler, Frank Bell, seeking up to $3 million for his ruined career. At the end of the trial, the judge dismissed Taylor Swift from Mueller’s lawsuit, saying he failed to prove that she sought to get Mueller fired or had any reason to believe that someone else may have assaulted her.
“I’ve been trying to clear my name for four years,” Mueller said after the verdict. “Civil court is the only option I had. This is the only way that I could be heard.”
The singer-songwriter said in her countersuit that she wanted a symbolic $1.