After a trial that included some of the most badass testimony of all time, Taylor Swift can finally take a sigh of relief. A few days ago, a Denver judge dismissed David Mueller’s lawsuit against Taylor Swift, in which the radio host was seeking $3 million worth of damage from the singer. He alleged that the singer got him fired from his job after telling his employer that he had groped her at a 2013 meet and greet for Taylor’s Red Tour.
Though the victory was important for Swift, her time in court was not over–The singer had countersued Mueller for $1, a move made by the pop star to, “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.” So perhaps more important was the verdict delivered yesterday. CNN reports that after almost four hours of deliberation, the jury ruled in favor of Swift’s assault and battery countersuit, which forced Mueller to pay Swift a symbolic $1.
Swift released the following statement:
“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.
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.”
Swift’s bravery and badassery from the start of this trial has sent an important message to women everywhere.
Remember when T.I. went on stage with Taylor Swift, and had to work really hard not to drop any ’F’ bombs.