A jury ruled in favor of pop star Taylor Swift in her countersuit against former radio host David Mueller for alleged assault and battery.
David Mueller initiated the litigation with a 2015 suit that portrayed Taylor Swift’s accusation as false and said it had led radio station KYGO to fire him. Taylor Swift then countersued with the assault and battery accusation. The cases were heard together in a federal court trial.
After the reading of the verdict, Taylor Swift embraced her mother.
In a statement, Taylor Swift thanked the judge and her legal team for “fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault.”
“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,” Swift added in the statemen “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.”
Jurors awarded Taylor Swift the $1 in compensation she had demanded. Her lawyer Douglas Baldridge had said she did not want to bankrupt Mr. Mueller, but saw the award as symbolically “immeasurable to all women,” proving that they could report an assault without fear of facing a lawsuit from the attacker.
Also, Taylor Swift said after the verdict that she would donate an unspecified amount to organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.
Source: cnn.com, ew.com, nytimes.com