Taylor Swift 2, David Mueller 0.
A few days ago, a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed against the singer by the aforementioned DJ, who claimed that Swift’s accusation of sexual misconduct against him cost Mueller his job in 2013.
Now, the singer has been declared victorious in her countersuit against David Mueller.
As previously reported, the incident at the center of both these lawsuits took place after a Swift concert about four years ago in Denver.
During a meet and greet with the artist, Mueller posed for a picture with Swift, smiling on her left side while allegedly placing his hand on her bare backside.
This is what Swift said at the time, at least, prompting her bodyguard to escort Swift out of the arena and for the DJ to get fired from his job at KYGO radio station after word of the harassment went viral.
In response, Mueller sued Swift for $3 million, arguing she defamed his character and cost him his job.
In response to that lawsuit, however, Swift sued Mueller, refusing to back down and only asking for $1 to prove she was not making these allegations as any kind of money grab.
On Monday afternoon, a Denver jury sided with Swift and determined Mueller had to pay his symbolic $1 to the pop star.
Said Swift in a statement 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 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.”
Both Mueller and Swift took the stand during this six-day trial.
Mueller contended he may have made contact with Swift’s ribcage or ribs during their brief encounter… but insisted he never touched her inappropriately.
Taylor, though, stood strong in the case of cross examination and argued otherwise.
“He stayed latched onto my bare ass cheek as I lurched away from him,” Swift told the jury. “It was a definite grab. A very long grab.”
Swift rolled her eyes, shook her head and fought back tears during Mueller’s lawyer’s closing argument, in which he claimed Swift did not appear to be in distress during the photo.
But the victim-shaming did not work.
In the end, Swift proved that she’s a winner on the charts and also in the courtroom.
Now maybe she can back into the studio and finish her latest album!