DENVER — Jurors who weighed a Denver radio host’s protestations of innocence against Taylor Swift’s powerful testimony determined Monday that he had groped her during a preconcert photo session in 2013.
The six-woman, two-man jury found that the actions of the host, David Mueller, amounted to assault and battery of the star.
The story began when Swift accused Mueller of groping her at a meet-and-greet event in June 2013. He will be required to pay$1 in damages to Swift.
The jury, comprised of six women and two men, also found the singer's mother, Andrea Swift, not liable for tortious interference.
In a statement, Swift thanked the judge and her legal team for "fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault."
"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," Swift added in the statement, obtained by CNN. "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."
Mueller had sued Swift, the singer's mom Andrea Swift, and radio promotions director Frank Bell in 2015, accusing them of interfering with his $150,000/year contract as a local morning radio DJ in Denver by pressuring his employer, KYGO radio, to fire him.
Bell was also found not liable for tortious interference.
Swift was dismissed as a defendant in Mueller's suit on Friday after a judge ruled that there was insufficient evidence to show that Swift had acted improperly.
Swift's lawsuit against Mueller argued that the trial would "serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."
After the verdict, Swift's attorney, Doug Baldridge, said the ruling was "not just a win" but "something that can make a difference."