By Tina Lu
Taylor Swift has finally won her sexual assault trial against ex-DJ David Mueller. After six tear-jerking days in court, and four hours of deliberations, the eight-member jury unanimously decided that Mueller did indeed sexually assault Taylor Swift.
It all started in 2013. Back then, Mueller was still a radio DJ with Denver’s KYGO-FM radio station. During a meet-and-greet with Swift, Mueller allegedly reached under Swift’s skirt to grab her butt while the two were taking a picture together. Two years later, Mueller sued Swift for $3 million, claiming that Swift’s false allegations led to his termination from the radio station. Swift, in response, countersued for $1, hoping to raise awareness for sexual assault through the suit.
Last week, Judge William Martinez determined that Mueller could not successfully prove that Swift’s allegations directly caused him to lose his job, and thus threw out his suit. Swift’s countersuit was left up to the jury.
Luckily, the jury, which was comprised of six women and two men, took Swift’s side, unanimously finding Mueller liable of sexual assault.
Multiple reports described Swift as “reduced to tears” right before the verdict, when Mueller’s attorney, Gabe MacFarland, made his closing statement. During his defense, MacFarland held up the same photo that Swift took with Mueller during the alleged butt-grabbing. MacFarland then asked the jury if Swift’s face resembled one of a woman who had just been sexually assaulted. In response, Swift grabbed her mother’s hand and began to cry. Such emotional responses shouldn’t be taken into account during the jury’s deliberations, but Swift’s reaction just goes to show the emotional trauma that can be afflicted by sexual assault.
Following her victory, Swift released the following statement to E! News, declaring her commitment to helping sexual assault victims:
“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.”