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A jury has ruled in favor of Taylor Swift, awarding the pop star a whopping $1 in her sexual assault case against former radio DJ David Mueller.
The Grammy-winning entertainer sought the symbolic amount in her federal counter-lawsuit against Mueller as a chance to stand up for other women. She took the stand last week to testify that Mueller stayed attached to her bare backside during a photo op with him and his then-girlfriend Shannon Melcher, who also testified in the case.
"That single dollar is of immeasurable value in the scheme of things," Swift's lawyer Douglas Baldridge said in closing arguments on Monday (via the Denver Post). "It says no means no for all women."
After he and Mueller's lawyer, Gabriel McFarland, delivered their closing arguments and after nearly four hours of deliberation, the jury -- of six women and two men -- decided that Mueller assaulted the then-23-year-old singer by groping her at a 2013 pre-concert meet-and-greet at Denver's Pepsi Center.
"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 reported by TV station Denver7.
That single dollar is of immeasurable value in the scheme of things. It says no means no for all women.
Mueller, who filed a $3-million lawsuit against Swift and her team, accusing them of ruining his career by pressuring his KYGO-FM bosses to terminate him, denied the allegations during the weeklong trial that began last Monday in U.S. District Court in Denver.
The jury also decided that Swift's mother, Andrea Swift, and her radio liaison, Frank Bell, were within their rights to notify his radio station bosses after the incident, the Associated Press said.
On Friday, following a week of testimony from the opposing parties, Federal Judge William J. Martinez dismissed Swift from the case, saying that the singer was not personally liable for Mueller's termination. He also reduced the amount Mueller could be awarded from $3 million to $300,000 should the jury have ruled in his favor.