Yesterday, after nearly 4 hours of jury deliberation, T. Swift won her countersuit against the Denver DJ, David Mueller, who reached up her skirt and grabbed her “bare ass” at one of her backstage meet-and-greets, a victory for women and all victims of assault.
Swift’s countersuit accusing Mueller of groping her was in response to Mueller suing Swift, the singer’s mom Andrea Swift, and her radio promotions director Frank Bell in 2015, accusing them of making the groping incident up (like Taylor Swift cares enough about some random DJ in Denver to fabricate this shit) and pressuring to have him fired. After a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence that Taylor Swift had acted improperly, she was dismissed as a defendant in Mueller’s suit on Friday. Her mother and Bell were both found not liable for tortious interference (the alleged pressuring to have him fired unfairly). And, in case you missed it, you can check out some of the fiery quotes she let fly in the courtroom here.
According to CNN, Taylor thanked the judge and her legal team for “fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault” in a statement given after the verdict, adding “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 organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”
Mueller owes Taylor Swift the symbolic $1 that she countersued him for, of which her attorney, Doug Baldridge, stated, “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.” Of the verdict, Mueller said, “My heart is still set on proving my innocence,” on the phone to CNN’s Scott McLean Monday night. “I’m resolute.” Good fuckin’ luck, creep.
This Taylor Swift verdict is a monumental step in the battle for justice against perpetrators of assault, a victory in the fight to have the voices of those victims heard.
Photo: Screenshot from Taylor Swift’s “Style” music video
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