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Taylor Swift wins groping trial, awarded symbolic US$1

Taylor Swift won her trial against a Colorado radio personality on Monday after a jury found that the former DJ assaulted the pop star by groping her bare bottom, and awarded her the symbolic US$1 (S$1.36) in damages she had sought.

Swift cried and hugged her mother as the verdicts were read in US District Court in Denver and mouthed an emphatic "thank you" to members of the jury as they left the courtroom.

The six-woman, two-man jury, which deliberated for less than four hours following a sensational week-long trial, also rejected claims by radio personality David Mueller that members of Swift's management team - her mother and a radio station liaison - got him fired from his "dream job" as a DJ by making false accusations.

"I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this," the 27-year-old singer said in a statement released after the verdicts.

"My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard," Swift continued, adding that she would make donations to organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.

Mueller, 55, showed no reaction as the verdicts were read.

The DJ had initiated the litigation after he was fired from his job after the groping claim was reported to the radio station.

In his lawsuit, he called the groping accusations false, and he sued Swift, her mother Andrea and radio station liaison Frank Bell over his termination.

During closing statements in the case, Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, argued that his client was a respected industry veteran who would never have risked his US$150,000-per-year radio job by grabbing a major celebrity's rear end.But Swift was firm on the witness stand, insisting that Mueller had intentionally slipped his hand under her skirt to clutch her bare bottom.- REUTERS

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