Taylor Swift’s iconic one-dollar sexual assault lawsuit against Oklahoma DJ, David Mueller, after the latter had groped her during a 2013 photo op, had reached a verdict Monday, wherein the federal jury found the KYGO DJ guilty of assault and battery, reports Buzzfeed.
Taylor Swift’s experience in the courtroom witness stand has been one that many women have to deal with — intimidated and even blamed for being a victim.
“I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions. Not mine,” the singer said during the trial.
Swift wasn’t the first one to strike, though. Mueller sued Swift first for defamation back in 2015, saying that her allegations were false and it caused him to lose his job.
Swift responded with a counter-lawsuit for sexual assault, demanding $1 for punitive damages because she wanted the case to not be about money, but for it to serve as a message — for victims of sexual assault and abuse to speak up.
The trial also produced a lot of empowering moments from the singer, as she fought off victim-blaming statements from Mueller’s attorney and other people who took the stand to speak on his behalf.
“I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is any way my fault because it isn’t,” she said after she was told Muller lost his job because of the groping allegation.
KYGO’s Station Executive, Robert Call, said he fired Mueller for changing his explanation on the allegations.
It didn’t help that Call also saw the photograph released by TMZ, and said he had no doubt the DJ’s hand was “without question, behind Ms. Swift’s rear end.”
Call added that input from Swift’s trusted radio liaison, Frank Bell, also influenced his decision.
“I had no reason to disbelieve what he was telling me. My understanding was that he had put his hand under her dress and grabbed her rear end,” Call has told jurors.
Apart from her fans who trooped the Denver courthouse where her case was being heard, the fans and fellow celebrities have made their support for Taylor known.
Singer Kesha, who was recently embattled in a sexual assault case of her own, has tweeted out her support to Swift:
. @taylorswift13 i support you always, and especially right now and admire your strength and fearlessness. truth is always the answer.
— kesha (@KeshaRose) August 14, 2017
Buzzfeed reported that Taylor thanked the judge and jury, and intended to support organizations that help sexual assault victims.
“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,” she said. “My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard.”