‘My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard’
Taylor Swift’s ‘groping trial’ started last week, with the 27-year-old singer taking legal action against a 55-year-old former radio host who she accused of groping her while posing for a photo four years ago.
‘He put his hand under my dress and grabbed my bare ass,’ Taylor has explained of the incident with David Mueller at a 2013 meet-and-greet on her Red Tour.
While Mueller denied the accusations and actually went after the singer for defamation, seeking £2.3 million in damages after he was dismissed from his job at KYGO, it was Taylor who came out victorious, winning her lawsuit on Monday.
The jury found Mueller guilty of the 2013 assault, seeing Taylor receive one dollar in damages. Yes, you read that correctly – one dollar.
The 27-year-old actress made it clear from the beginning that $1 was all she would be going after, proving that it was about getting justice rather than seeking money.
‘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,’ she announced in a statement following the verdict.
The statement continued: ‘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.’