Taylor Swift is countersuing former radio DJ David Mueller for just $1 in their highly publicized sexual assault trial, which will begin its third day in Denver this morning.
[Mueller is suing Swift because he was fired from his radio co-host job in 2013, after she publicly claimed he groped her as they posed for a photo at a meet and greet. She filed a countersuit one month later for sexual assault and battery.]
"She's not trying to bankrupt this man," her attorney J. Doug Baldridge said in his opening statement yesterday. "She's just trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you. Grabbing a woman's rear end is an assault, and it's always wrong. Any woman—rich, poor, famous, or not—is entitled to have that not happen."
It has also been reported that if Swift is awarded any additional damages, she will donate the money to a women's rights charity.
The Mueller v. Swift trial—which is before a judge and 8-member jury (6 women, 2 men selected)—is expected to last for nine days total.
If you or someone you know is the victim of sexual assault, call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE or visit https://www.rainn.org.
Lawyer tells jury Taylor Swift is setting an example for all women assaulted in the workplace. Her mom Andrea dabs eyes. #TaylorSwiftTrail— Carol McKinley (@CarolAMcKinley) August 8, 2017
@taylorswift13 good luck today, I love you so much I'll always stand with you— faizah (@scenesofgomez) August 9, 2017
Keeping Taylor Swift in my thoughts today. This kinda shit shouldn't happen to anyone, famous or not.— Audrey Marsala (@audge9129) August 9, 2017
@taylorswift13 so proud of you for standing up for women— martina (@fightforswift) August 9, 2017