Taylor Swift has released a statement thanking the judge and jury for siding with her in her groping trial - which she won.
Yesterday a jury delivered a verdict saying that Colorado-based DJ David Mueller did assault and batter her during a photo opportunity years ago by groping her bottom.
“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,” Taylor 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. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves,” Taylor continued.
Last week Taylor Swift took to the stand to explain the events of what happened that day.
Scroll down to read all the badass comments she made on the stand.
During a meet-and-greet back in 2013, Swift was groped by Denver radio DJ David Mueller as the pair posed for a photo with his girlfriend. He later lost his job with KYGO, and sued Swift for $3 million in lost earnings. Swift countersued for just $1 because she (obviously) didn't need the money but said it was important for women to know that they have a voice and will not stand for sexual assault.
During his deposition in court last Wednesday, Mueller said that his hand was touching Swift’s skirt after he put his arm around her and their arms crossed. He said his hand was level with her ribs and “apparently it went down”. When directly asked if he had in fact grabbed her buttocks, he said, “No, I did not.”
Andrea Swift, the singer's mother and part of her management team, said that she saw her daughter looking "shaken" and "humiliated" after the photo was taken, and that she felt sick upon hearing of what happened. Said she “wanted to vomit and cry at the same time” when Swift told her of the incident.
She said that Mueller was promptly removed, and banned from further concerts but said that she did not call the police as she "did not want this event to define [her daughter's] life," worrying too that the picture might end up being lewdly altered on the internet.
Taylor's mum's testimony fell on the third day of trial and she was absolutely clear in her prosecution. While pointing to Mueller, she said “he sexually assaulted my daughter, right there, that guy”.
When Swift herself took to the stand to give her testimony, she was not having any of it.
"It was a definite grab. A very long grab," Swift recalled to Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, while testifying last Thursday. When asked "how long" the alleged incident occurred, Swift replied, "I don't think it would be wise to estimate time in court, but I know it was long enough for me to be completely sure that it was intentional."
"He stayed latched on to my bare ass cheek... I felt him grab onto my ass cheek underneath my skirt," she further testified. "The first couple of milliseconds I thought it must be a mistake, so I moved to the side very quickly so that his side would be removed from my ass cheek, but it didn't let go."
Buzzfeed journalist, Claudia Rosenbaum, was reporting from trial and this is what she tweeted...
Taylor knew exactly who's fault it was:
Exactly where she was groped:
100% who it was...
She won't tolerate victim blaming
And, yeah. She actually got asked this:
This is the first time Taylor has spoken in court about the allegations but she did reflect on the incident in a deposition made last year.
"Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there," Swift said. "It was completely intentional, I've never been so sure of anything in my life."
Explaining how it made her feel, Swift said: "I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before. A meet-and-greet is supposed to be a situation where you're thanking people for coming, you're supposed to be welcoming people into your home, which is the arena for that day, and for someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned."
Last Friday the judge ruled that Taylor cannot be sued by Mueller because she wasn't the direct reason Mueller was fired. According to HuffPost, U.S. District Judge William J. Martinez said “Taylor Swift did not act improperly" and that Mueller couldn't prove a direct connection between the firing and Swift herself.