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Taylor Swift has been criticized in the past for not always positioning herself as a feminist role model, but with this week’s conclusion of her sexual assault trial, Swift is using her platform to help ensure that no woman is ever silenced again.
In 2013, radio DJ David Mueller groped Swift during a photo op at his radio station. Swift’s mother Andrea Swift and Swifts’ radio liaison Frank Bell contacted Mueller’s bosses following the incident, with the DJ later fired as a result. Mueller sued Swift for lost pay over the incident and ‘false accusations,’ with Swift countersuing and alleging assault and battery, with the legal proceedings going in front of a jury this month.
After a week of testimony, the judge and jury decided in favor of Swift, awarding her a symbolic $1 in damages. Swift’s mother and Bell were also found within their rights in contacting Mueller’s employer’s following the event four years ago.
Last week’s four-day trial included testimony from Swift on Thursday, with fellow singer Kesha praising Taylor on social media after Swift took the stand. Kesha’s own legal battles stemming from alleging she was the victim of sexual assault by her former producer Dr. Luke have also been fodder for headlines, with Swift donating $250,000 to help Kesha cover her legal fees in 2016.
. @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
After four hours of deliberation on Monday, the jury ruled in favour of Swift, with the singer releasing a statement today.
In the statement posted on James Corden’s twitter account, Swift thanked the judge and her legal team for fighting for her and “anyone who feels silenced by sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year long ordeal and two-year long trial process.”
Acknowledging that she is in a position of financial power that most sexual assault victims do not have, Swift went on to say “my hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard.”
Swift concluded the statement by saying that she plans on donating funds to organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.
We may not be getting a new album from Taylor Swift in 2017, but out of a horrible event, she has made a powerful example.
— James Corden (@JKCorden) August 15, 2017