Taylor Swift wins groping lawsuit, DJ must pay symbolic US$1 fine
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."
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.
* Judge throws out fired DJ's defamation case against Swift
* Swift: DJ's grope was long, intentional
* Swift 'certain' she was sexually assaulted, lawyer tells court
* Swift expected to testify in groping case against former radio host
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.
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.
The jury began deliberating in the trial of duelling lawsuits on Tuesday morning, NZ time.
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.
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