Here's a small legal victory for Taylor Swift. On Friday, Aug. 11, a judge dropped Swift as a defendant in former-radio DJ David Mueller's lawsuit against her, claiming Mueller presented "insufficient evidence" that the singer was allegedly responsible for him losing his job.
“Taylor Swift did not act improperly,” Judge William J. Martínez said, arguing that Mueller had provided "insufficient evidence Miss Taylor Swift acted improperly when she reported an assault she truly believed happened.”
Mueller sued Swift, her mother Andrea, and one of her managers, Frank Bell, for defamation and $3 million in damages after he was fired from his job at the Denver radio station KYGO. In his suit, he claimed that the singer and her team caused him to lose his job after Swift alleged he had reached up her skirt and groped her during a 2013 meet-and-greet at Denver's Pepsi Center.
Swift and her team then filed a counter-suit against Mueller for $1, accusing him of alleged assault and battery. According to the Washington Post, Swift's suit is intended to serve "as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."
The decision to dismiss the claims follows Swift's powerful testimony on Thursday, in which she told Mueller's lawyer: "I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is in any way my fault, because it isn't."
“Taylor Swift did not act improperly,” a judge ruled in dropping her from a lawsuit by a radio host https://t.co/x6FmC8UwxZ— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 12, 2017
Although the court will continue to hear arguments against Andrea Swift and Frank Bell, Taylor herself is in the clear for now. Closing arguments in Mueller's case will begin on Monday, and Swift's countersuit is expected to begin shortly after.
When news of the decision broke on Friday, Twitter, predictably, had some thoughts. Users celebrated the decision, and praised Swift's sharp testimony, and, of course, joked about the trial's courtroom sketches.
People were thrilled
YES!! Judge throws out claims against Taylor Swift in the groping trial. Good for Taylor☺☺— Richard Danna (@rickdanna4719) August 12, 2017
Members of Taylor's Girl Gang chimed in
Celebrities shared their own similar experiences
This. This. This.
Rich, famous Taylor Swift still gets told she makes up harassment stories for attention, fame, money, you wonder why other women stay silent— Colleen Doran (@ColleenDoran) August 12, 2017
Fans were proud of their girl...
i hugged taylor swift in seventh grade and i've never been more proud of that than now— morgan (@morganjade_h) August 12, 2017
I may put it back in my bio actually
...And they made that loud and clear
Some offered Taylor's own words as encouragement
People shared an important (and obvious) reminder
You can dislike Taylor Swift and still support her during her trial.— Cole Ledford (@ColeLedford11) August 12, 2017
Sexual assault is always wrong.
Here's another important PSA
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
Parents were grateful for Taylor's example
Radio DJs chimed in as well
And of course, people mentioned those courtroom sketches
this artist's rendition of taylor swift is my favourite drawing of owen wilson pic.twitter.com/EbBu29J0QH— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 11, 2017
The legal battle may not be entirely over yet, but Swift's fans are here to support her through it.