Tweets About Taylor Swift After Judge Dismisses DJ’s Claims Show Fans Couldn’t Be More Proud
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."
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.