Taylor Swift has pledged to donate some of her fortunes to victims of sexual assault after winning a ‘symbolic’ $1 in a groping case against DJ David Mueller.
She was sued by US DJ Mueller after he lost his job at Colarado radio station KYGO after Taylor claimed he groped her at a meet and greet in 2013, which he vehemently denied.
And after the jury gave their verdict that they found Mueller guilty of assault and battery, Taylor hugged her crying mum before thanking her lawyers.
She thanked them ‘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.’
The 27-year-old added: ‘My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard,’ promising to make donations to charities and groups that help victims of sexual assault.
The six woman two men jury in the US District Court in Denver deliberated for nearly four hours, reaching a unanimous verdict on Monday,.
They also did not find that Taylor’s mother Andrea or her radio handler Frank Bell ‘tortiously interfered’ with David Mueller’s employment contract, and were within their rights to contact Mueller’s bosses.
Taylor’s attorney Douglas Baldridge called her $1 (77p) win, ‘a single symbolic dollar, the value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation’.
The judge previously threw out Mueller’s case, in which he claimed that Taylor got him fired by saying he groped her at a 2013 concert.
Following the incident, the star contacted the radio station KYGO to complain, and he was sacked two days later.
The Bad Blood singer previously said that the $1 was a ‘symbolic’ amount and she wanted the chance to stand up for other women.
When she took the stand to testify she said: ‘He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him. It was a definite grab. A very long grab.’
DJ David Mueller, right, with his is then-co-host Ryan “Ryno” Kliesch (Picture: Twitter)
Mueller had emphatically denied groping or inappropriately touching Taylor, saying that he may have touched her rib or the outside of her skirt.
He maintained his innocence from the start, saying after the verdict: ‘I’ve been trying to clear my name for four years. Civil court is the only option I had. This is the only way that I could be heard.’
The DJ had been seeking up to $3m (£2.3m) in damages from Swift, claiming she’d caused him loss of earning after he was sacked from his radio station.