Taylor Swift has been at the centre of public attention for some time now, with her civil trial regarding a a groping incident by a former US radio DJ becoming the top story for many music publications recently. Now, the trial has come to a close, with the jury ruling in Swift’s favour.
As Reuters reports, Swift’s case against former radio DJ Robert Mueller was resolved today, with Swift being awarded symbolic damages of just one dollar.
The case began back in 2013, when Robert Mueller put his hand up Swift’s skirt and grabbed her during a meet-and-greet before a show. Taylor Swift’s representatives reported the incident to Mueller’s radio station, KYGO, who then subsequently fired him.
In 2015, Mueller sued Swift, her mother, and her radio promotions director Frank Bell, seeking $3 million in damages. Mueller claimed that the aforementioned pressured his station to fire him based on false information, all whilst maintaining his innocence. This case was dismissed on Friday, when a judge ruled that it could not prove that Swift personally set out to fire him.
Swift had countersued Mueller for sexual assault, testifying against him, and using a photo of the incident which clearly showed his hand up her skirt as evidence. “This is a photo of him with his hand up my skirt – with his hand on my ass,” she stated. “You can ask me a million questions, I’m never going to say anything different. I never have said anything different.”
Following the trial, Taylor Swift’s lawyer, Douglas Baldridge, stated that her seeking of $1 in damages was done so as not to bankrupt Mueller, but rather to send a message that his behaviour will not be tolerated. “It means ‘no means no’ and it tells every woman they will decide what will be tolerated with their body,” Baldridge said.