Taylor Swift's win in her assault and battery lawsuit against Mueller brings a glaring message for men and women too afraid to speak up about unwanted sexual encounters: stand up, speak out.
Swift accused Mueller of inappropriately touching her butt at a meet & greet event at one of her concerts in 2013.
In 2015, Mueller filed suit against Swift, her mom Andrea Swift and radio promotions director Frank Bell, accusing them of interfering with his $150,000 per year contract as a Denver radio DJ and persuading his employer to fire him. He was asking for more than $257,500 in damages.
Swift counter-sued for sexual assault and battery. She asked for $1.
After the jury ruled in her favor, Swift delivered a message:
“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,” Swift said in a statement.
“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.”
People goes into great length about the trial. Read about it here.