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Jury Sides With Taylor Swift In Groping Trial

Radio DJ David Mueller must pay Swift a symbolic penalty of $1 for groping her at a backstage meet-and-greet

The jury for Taylor Swift’s sexual harassment lawsuit sided with the pop star on Monday, ordering radio DJ David Mueller to pay her a symbolic $1 for groping her during a pre-concert meet-and-greet in 2013.

Mueller had counter-sued Swift, along with her mother and their radio handler, Frank Bell, for up to $3 million for damage to his radio career. Prior to closing arguments, Federal Judge William J. Martinez dismissed Swift from Mueller’s lawsuit and reduced the amount Mueller could have collected to $300,000 had the jury ruled in favor of him.

The jury, which consisted of six women and two men, gave their verdict after four hours of deliberations, also ruling that Bell and Swift’s mother were within their rights to notify Mueller’s bosses after the incident.

According to the Associated Press, Swift’s attorney, Douglas Baldridge, said during closing arguments that “no credibility goes with a story-changing, evidence-destroying aggressor like David Mueller,” noting that Mueller lost audio recordings he took during a meeting with his bosses after being fired from a country music radio station in Denver.

“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,” Swift said in a statement.