After days of testimony during the ongoing sexual assault trial against former Denver, Colorado radio DJ David “Jackson” Mueller, a judge has ruled in Taylor Swift’s favour—but her fight isn’t over yet.
U.S. District Judge William Martinez dismissed the pop star as a defendant in Mueller’s lawsuit, where he attempted to sue Swift for $3 million in damages after losing his job following allegations of assault during a photo-op. Swift alleges he groped her butt during a photo-op together.
The judge also ruled that Swift was not liable for Mueller being fired, due to lack of evidence that she actively tried to get him fired. The ex-disc jockey lost his lawsuit on August 11.
However, CNN reports that Mueller’s suit will continue against Swift’s mother Andrea and radio liaison Frank Bell, with identical allegations this week.
In 2013, Mueller allegedly grabbed the then 23-year-old’s rear end while taking a photo with her backstage, leading to assault allegations. The photograph shows Swift, Mueller, and his girlfriend posing together during a fan meet-and-greet. The 51-year-old’s hand is pictured behind Swift, just below her waist.
Swift claims this was when he lifted her skirt and grabbed her rear end. During Swift’s August 10 cross-examination, Mueller’s attorney Gabe McFarland pointed out that the front of her skirt showed no signs of displacement in the photo. Swift educated him on the anatomy of the human body by replying, “Because my ass is located in the back of my body.”
When questioned why no one else noticed the grab, Swift responded: “The only person who would have a direct eye line is someone laying underneath my skirt and we didn’t have anyone positioned there.” Swift fans on Twitter are going berserk over her fierce responses and calling on everyone to support the singer:
OMFG TAYLOR SWIFT IS ENDING EVERYONE IN THIS TRIAL pic.twitter.com/10hUOdtavC
— Carmen (@anistonbeckett) August 10, 2017
PSA: You don’t have to like Taylor Swift to support her decision to take her sexual assault case to trial. She’s doing the right thing.
— Becca vZ (she/her) (@beccasbookrealm) August 10, 2017
The entire Taylor Swift trial is a sobering reminder of the entitlement men feel they have towards women’s bodies. It has to stop.
— Spencer Barrett (@spencerbarrett) August 9, 2017
Whether or not you like Taylor Swift, her testimony at trial yesterday was one of the most beautifully savage things I’ve ever seen
— shar (@sharonhodo) August 11, 2017
The Grammy winner is suing Mueller for US $1, a symbolically low amount for the alleged sexual assault. Fans speculate Swift, 27, wants to set a precedent for victims of sexual assault. She doesn’t need the money, but it’s an act of solidarity with other women in similar cases that go unheard. She filed the lawsuit against Mueller after he sued her for US $3 million in 2015, claiming he was fired from his job as a result of the accusations.
Both Mueller and Swift appeared in court on August 8 in Denver. Douglas Baldridge, the singer’s attorney, shared that she is “absolutely certain” she was sexually assaulted by Mueller and is prepared to prove it. Her attorney also pointed out a serious flaw in the way people view assault allegations, saying, “What’s wrong with this picture? A woman gets assaulted, a woman reports it, and she gets sued.” This is Swift’s way of showing women that “you can always say no,” Douglas added.
Unsurprisingly, many Swift fans lined up outside of the courthouse to show their support for the pop star. The Guardian spoke to Vega Zaringlee, a 12-year-old fan, who backed up the singer by saying, “I love how she’s suing him for $1 because she doesn’t need the money, but she wants to make it a point that women don’t need to take this.”
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