DJ pays Swift symbolic $1 after being sued for assault

LOS ANGELES-Ex-radio DJ, David Mueller, says he has paid Taylor Swift the $1 he was ordered to pay after she sued her for allegedly groping her during a meet and greet.

However, the pop icon says she has yet to receive the payment.

She told Time: ‘To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself.’

Mueller, however, showed the Associated Press proof of the payment and said he sent a Sacagawea coin to her in the post on 28 November. Mueller sent that coin on purpose as it has a prominent Native American woman on it, and saw this as an opening to get the last word.

He said: ‘I mean if this is all about women’s rights. … It’s a little poke at them, a little bit. ‘I mean, I think they made this into a publicity stunt, and this is my life.’ Before the case, Mueller tried to sue Taylor Swift for falsely accusing him of groping her, and wanted up to $3 million in damages. However, the court ruled in Taylor’s favour and she is now seen as one of the ‘Silence Breakers’, who encouraged the #MeToo on social media.

She spoke out to Time this week about her court case and how she was made to feel demoralised.

She said: ‘When I testified, I had already been in court all week and had to watch this man’s attorney bully, badger and harass my team including my mother over inane details and ridiculous minutiae, accusing them, and me, of lying. ‘My mom was so upset after her cross-examination, she was physically too ill to come to court the day I was on the stand.

‘I was angry. In that moment, I decided to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened. This man hadn’t considered any formalities when he assaulted me, and his lawyer didn’t hold back on my mom—why should I be polite?’

She claimed that her fans had given her a lot of support throughout the court case and gave them and other victims of sexual assault some advice.

She said: ‘I would tell people who find themselves in this situation that there is a great deal of blame placed on the victims in cases of sexual harassment and assault. You could be blamed for the fact that it happened, for reporting it and blamed for how you reacted.

 ‘My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you. You should not be blamed for waiting 15 minutes or 15 days or 15 years to report sexual assault or harassment, or for the outcome of what happens to a person after he or she makes the choice to sexually harass or assault you.’


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