Taylor Swift’s real-life courtroom nightmare is officially over. Over the weekend, we learned that Judge William Martinez ruled Taylor Swift should be dropped as a defendant in former radio DJ David Mueller’s wrongful termination lawsuit. The judge didn’t think there was enough evidence against her. People magazine says that after six days in court and several hours of jury deliberations, a jury found David Mueller guilty of ass-grabbing at a meet-and-greet back in 2013. Technically he was found guilty of “assault and battery,” but I have a feeling Taylor would be happier with my unapologetic use of the word “ass.”
After David grabbed Taylor’s ass, she informed her mother, Andrea Swift, and her bodyguard Greg Dent, of what happened. Andrea and a member of her management team, Frank Bell, informed David’s bosses at KYGO in Denver, Colorado. David eventually got fired The jury ruled that Andrea and Frank did not intentionally interfere with Mueller’s KYGO contract. Taylor was awarded the $1 she was seeking against David Mueller.
People says that when the jury read their verdict, Taylor hugged her attorneys and her teary-eyed mom, and mouthed the words “thank you” to the jury. Taylor released the following statement about the verdict:
“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.
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.”
Taylor’s main attorney Doug Baldridge gave a statement outside the courthouse in Denver yesterday after they were released.
— Abigail Edge (@abigailedge) August 14, 2017
David Mueller still denies grabbing Taylor’s ass, telling Good Morning America this morning that he never had his hand under her skirt and that he could “pass a polygraph.” Somewhere that picture of David grabbing Taylor’s business is like “David, dude – stop.”
This is no doubt the outcome Taylor was hoping for, although I can’t help but think it wasn’t exactly perfect. Taylor is a major fan of Law & Order: SVU – she even admitted as much in court last week. I’m sure that verdict would have been just a bit sweeter if Taylor had been given a proper Law & Order: SVU ending. Ie., she exited the courtroom and saw Detectives Olivia Benson and Elliot Stabler waiting to walk her out, while one squad member wheeled in a black curtain and another held up a sign that said “Executive Producer DICK WOLF.”