Monday, Aug. 14, 2017|5:45 p.m.
DENVER– Four years after Taylor Swift tried to manage her groping accusation versus a radio station DJ quietly, the pop superstar got a really public success Monday with a jury’s decision that she hoped would inspire other females.
Jurors in U.S. District Court in Denver pondered fewer than four hours to find that ex-radio host David Mueller attacked and battered Swift during a pre-concert meet-and-greet in June 2013. Per Swift’s demand, jurors awarded her $1 in damages– a sum her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, called “a single symbolic dollar, the worth of which is countless to all females in this circumstance.”
After Monday’s verdict, Swift hugged her crying mom and thanked her attorneys “for fighting for me and anybody who feels silenced by a sexual attack, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year-long trial procedure.”
“My hope is to help those whose voices should likewise be heard,” Swift said in a prepared declaration, promising to make undefined contributions to groups that assist victims of sexual assault.
The six-woman, two-man jury also rejected Mueller’s claims that Swift’s mom, Andrea Swift, and radio intermediary Frank Bell cost him his $150,000-a-year job at nation station KYGO-FM, where he was a morning host.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge William Martinez dismissed similar claims against Taylor Swift, ruling Mueller’s team cannot provide proof that the then-23-year-old superstar did anything more than report the event to her group, including her mom.
Mueller, who was looking for up to $3 million, denied Swift’s claims from the start and preserved his innocence after the decision.
“I have actually been aiming to clear my name for 4 years,” he said in describing why he took the singer-songwriter to court. “Civil court is the only choice I had. This is the only way that I could be heard.”
By the time Swift took the stand Thursday, she was more than angry. She was on a mission to remove any doubt about exactly what occurred, and she chose not to sugarcoat her experience
Throughout an hour of testament, Swift blasted a subtle characterization by Mueller’s lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, of what occurred. While Mueller affirmed he never ever got Swift, she insisted she was searched.
“He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I stumbled far from him,” Swift testified.
“It was a certain grab. A long grab,” she added.
Mueller emphatically denied reaching under the pop star’s skirt or otherwise touching her inappropriately, insisting he touched only her ribs and may have brushed the outside of her skirt as they awkwardly posed for the picture.
That picture was virtually the only proof besides the testament.
In the image revealed to jurors during opening declarations however not publicly released, Mueller’s hand is behind Swift, simply listed below her waist. Both are smiling. Mueller’s then-girlfriend is standing on the other side of Swift.
Swift testified that after she was groped, she numbly told Mueller and his girlfriend, “Thank you for coming,” and proceeded to images with others waiting in line due to the fact that she did not wish to disappoint them.
But she stated she instantly went to her photographer after the meet-and-greet ended and discovered the picture of her with Mueller, telling the photographer exactly what took place.
Andrea Swift testified that she asked Bell to call Mueller’s companies. They did not call the authorities to prevent additional distressing her child, she stated.
“We definitely wished to keep it personal. But we didn’t desire him to get away with it,” Andrea Swift testified.
Bell stated he emailed the image to Robert Call, KYGO’s general supervisor, for usage in Call’s investigation of Mueller. He stated he didn’t ask that Mueller be fired but that “proper action be taken.”