A jury has ruled in favour of Taylor Swift after she countersued David Mueller for alleged assault and battery.
Swift accused Mueller of groping her backside during a photo opportunity in June 2013, with the former radio DJ suing Swift for defamation and damages to his name and reputation.
Mueller will be required to pay $1 in damages to Swift, a “symbolic” amount as the singer wanted to “serve as an example to other assault victims.”
The jury, comprised of six men and two women took four hours to reach a verdict. They also found the singer’s mother, Andrea Swift, not liable for tortious interference.
Andrea Swift and radio promotions director Frank Bell were both accused by Mueller of interfering with his $150,000/year contract as country radio DJ by pressuring his employer, KYGO radio, to fire him.
Bell was also found not liable for tortious interference.
The two women embraced when they heard the verdict.
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, reported 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.”
Swift’s attorney, Doug Baldridge, said the verdict was “something that can make a difference.”
“It takes people like Taylor, wonderful people like Taylor, who we all know, to stand up and draw these lines,” he told the press.
He added: “As I said in the closing [argument], that dollar, that single dollar, is of immeasurable value in this ever going fight to figure out where the lines are, what’s right and what’s wrong.”
Mueller told CNN that despite the verdict, he would still continue to try and prove his innocence.