Taylor Swift’s legal battle against David Mueller has come to an end.
After four hours of deliberation, an eight-member jury comprised of six women and two men unanimously decided the Colorado-based DJ did assault and batter her, E! News has learned. Additionally, the jury found Swift’s mother Andrea Swift and Frank Bell not liable for tortious interference with contract.
Swift smiled as the decision was read.
Earlier today, Muller’s attorney Gabriel McFarland and Swift’s legal representative Douglas Baldridge delivered their closing arguments. The international pop star appeared visibly emotional as she heard McFarland ask the courtroom if Swift’s face in a photo with Mueller was that of a woman who had just been groped during the 2013 meet-and-greet where the alleged incident occurred.
Baldrige called Mueller’s since-dismissed lawsuit against Swift “shameful and cowardly,” later referencing the $1 Swift requested in punitive damages in her countersuit claim.
“By returning a verdict on Ms. Swift’s counterclaim for a single symbolic dollar, the value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation…You will tell every woman…that no means no,” he said.
She released the following statement to E! News immediately after news of her legal victory broke. “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 continued, “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.”
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SOURCE: E! Online, McKenna Aiello and Ken Baker