DENVER — The jury in the Taylor Swift sexual assault trial returned its verdict on Monday and it was a big win for the pop star.
A jury of six women and two men said Swift was assaulted and battered by former KYGO radio host David Mueller. The jury also found Swift’s team did not illegally interfere with Mueller’s firing.
The victory means Swift will be awarded $1 and vindication.
“It takes people like Taylor — wonderful people like Taylor — to stand up and draw these lines,” Swift’s lead attorney Doug Baldridge said. “That dollar is a single dollar and it is of immeasurable value.”
Last week, Swift was released from the lawsuit filed by Mueller after U.S. District Judge William Martinez determined Mueller’s lawyers failed to prove she personally set out to have him fired.
However, Swift’s mother, Andrea Swift, and her “radio guy” Frank Bell were still defendants.
The jury found there was not a preponderance of evidence that Bell intentionally interfered with Mueller’s contract with Lincoln Financial.
The jury also found there was not a preponderance of evidence that Swift’s mother intentionally interfered with Mueller’s contract with Lincoln Financial.
The jury found there was a preponderance of evidence that Mueller assaulted Swift. And it found there was a preponderance of evidence that Mueller battered Swift.
When Swift was awarded her $1 in damages, her mom cried and the two embraced.
Monday took an emotional toll on Swift as she was seen crying during closing arguments.
Mueller’s lawyers continued to insist the former DJ never groped Swift at a concert meet-and-greet at the Pepsi Center in 2013. Swift said he did.
Swift’s team complained to Mueller’s bosses about the groping. The complaints led to Mueller’s firing.
Some of Swift’s youngest, fans in the courtroom while the verdict was read, learned not only a civics lesson but one of self-worth.
“I was really happy because Taylor Swift is one of my role models,” a young girl said. “When she stood up, by being in that courtroom, she’s standing up for women all around the world. … I just think that’s amazing.”
Swift issued a statement within minutes after the verdict was read.
“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 sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support through this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process.”
“I acknowledge that 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 help multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”