Taylor Swift wins groping lawsuit, DJ must pay symbolic US$1 fine

Pop star Taylor Swift has won a court trial against a Colorado DJ she accused of grabbing her bare bottom during a photo shoot.

Taylor Swift has won long-awaited vindication after a jury decided that a radio host groped her during a pre-concert photo op four years ago.

The singer hugged her crying mother after jurors delivered the decision. 

After the jury sided with her on Monday (Tuesday NZ Time), the singer sent out a statement thanking her team for fighting for her and "anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault."

Taylor Swift, shown here at the 2015 Billboard awards, has won her case against David Mueller in the US.
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Taylor Swift, shown here at the 2015 Billboard awards, has won her case against David Mueller in the US.

In her statement, Swift acknowledged her privileged position and said she hopes to help "those whose voices should also be heard." She says she'll be donating to organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.

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After a weeklong trial over duelling lawsuits, jurors determined Monday that fired Denver DJ David Mueller assaulted the pop star by grabbing her backside during a backstage meet-and-greet.

A sketch of Taylor Swift and her attorneys in Denver Federal Court during the Swift groping trial in the US.
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A sketch of Taylor Swift and her attorneys in Denver Federal Court during the Swift groping trial in the US.

The six-woman, two-man jury also found that Swift's mother and radio liaison were within their rights to contact Mueller's bosses.

Mueller sued the Swifts and their radio handler, Frank Bell, seeking up to $3 million for his ruined career.

Just before closing arguments, the judge dismissed Taylor Swift from Mueller's lawsuit and drastically reduced the amount Mueller could collect.


The singer-songwriter said in her countersuit that she wanted a symbolic $1 and the chance to stand up for other women.

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DELIBERATION

The jury began deliberating in the trial of duelling lawsuits on Tuesday morning, NZ time. 

Fans were able to watch the Taylor Swift v David Mueller hearing.
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Fans were able to watch the Taylor Swift v David Mueller hearing.

In closing arguments, Swift's lawyer Douglas Baldridge questioned former Colorado DJ David Mueller's credibility.

In duelling lawsuits, Swift said Mueller groped her at a backstage 2013 event and Mueller accused Swift, her mother and a Swift representative of getting him fired while denying the groping accusation.

Baldridge noted Mueller lost audio recordings he took secretly during a meeting with his bosses after he was fired from a Denver country music station.

DJ David Mueller's former employer, Eddie Haskell, speaks to the media after he testified atduring fourth day of the ...
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DJ David Mueller's former employer, Eddie Haskell, speaks to the media after he testified atduring fourth day of the Taylor Swift and David Mueller trial.

He said that "no credibility goes with a story-changing, evidence-destroying aggressor like David Mueller".

Mueller's lawyer told jurors the pop star's account was inconsistent with the testimony of every other member of her team. As the pop star cried in US federal court during closing arguments, he questioned why Swift was smiling in a photo taken at the time she said the alleged assault took place.

"Look at Ms Swift's face. Is that the face of someone who's in shock, who is upset?" Gabriel McFarland, representing Mueller, said while showing the photograph from before a 2013 concert with Mueller and Swift together that Swift has said was taken the moment he grabbed her backside.

The eight-member jury had to rule unanimously on Mueller's claim that Andrea Swift and Frank Bell wrongly caused Mueller's firing. A judge removed Taylor Swift as a defendant in the firing claim.

 - AP, AAP

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