Taylor Swift won $1 and long-awaited support after a judge ruled that a radio emcee groped her during a pre-concert photo op nearly four years ago.
After a weeklong hearing over duelling claims, jurors decided that then Denver DJ David Mueller violated the pop star by grasping her backside during a backstage meet-and-greet. The six-woman, two-man panel also discovered that Swift’s mother and radio liaison were within their rights to reach Mueller’s managers.
Mueller accused the Swifts and their radio handler, Frank Bell, asking up to $3 million for his broken profession.
Just before closing discussions, the judge dropped Taylor Swift from Mueller’s claim, saying he had failed to show that she asked to get Mueller fired or had any knowledge to think that someone else may have groped her. U.S. District Judge William Martinez also drastically lessened the amount Mueller could win.
The singer-songwriter stated in her counter-affidavit that she desired a symbolic $1 and the opportunity to stand up for other ladies.
Testimony revealed that Swift described the incident to her mother and others on her team, but that she never asked any particular action concerning Mueller.
The Swifts did not call the authorities to avoid further traumatizing Taylor, her mother said.
“We absolutely wanted to keep it private, but we didn’t want him to get away with it,” Andrea Swift testified.