“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 New York Times reports. “The six-woman, two-man jury found that the actions of the host, David Mueller, amounted to assault and battery of the star.”
The legal battle was initiated by Mueller, who sued Swift in 2015 saying her accusation that he had groped her got him fired from his radio job.
“Ms. Swift then countersued with the assault and battery accusation. The cases were heard together in a federal court trial that opened [in Denver] on Aug. 7,” The Times reports. “Jurors awarded Ms. Swift the $1 in compensation she had demanded. Her lawyer Douglas Baldridge had said she did not want to bankrupt Mr. Mueller, but saw the award as symbolically ‘immeasurable to all women,’ proving that they could report an assault without fear of facing a lawsuit from the attacker.”
Swift said after the verdict that she will make an unspecified donation to organizations that help victims of sexual assault.
In a statement, the pop superstar said: “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.”