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Taylor Swift makes 'generous' donation to Joyful Heart

Edited by: Yara Sameh

Taylor Swift's friendship with Law & Order SVU star Mariska Hargitay has reached a meaningful new level, daily mail reported.

On Wednesday, it was revealed that the singer made an 'extremely generous' donation to Hargitay's Joyheart Foundation, which helps sexual assault victims defend themselves in court, The Huffington Post reports. 

Mariska formed the foundation after receiving fan mail from viewers of her show, which shows fictional cases that hit close to home for people who have experienced real-life sexual trauma. 

Swift is such a fan of Hargitay's work that she named her cat Olivia Benson, Mariska's character's name on the long-running series.

The actress returned the favor by appearing in Swift's 2015 music video for Bad Blood.

The donation rings true to promises made in a statement the Love Story singer released on Monday, reading: 'My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.' 

Taylor recently broke her silence on Tumblr, following her recent dramatic groping trial against David Mueller. 

The 27-year-old pop star was seen liking a post which took her side in the legal battle on the site, following months of inactivity. 

Her social media activity comes two days after the country singer beat Mueller in court - with a judge dismissing his $3million lawsuit, and jurors finding him guilty of both assault and battery.

Taylor has sporadically taken to Twitter and Instagram during the court case, but has not directly addressed the trial online. 

However after months of silence, the Our Song singer has finally returned to Tumblr - and posted about her battle against David Mueller, who was found guilty of groping her in 2013. 

The singer, under her account name @taylorswift, was seen liking a screenshot of an interview with an artist present at the trial, detailing how he used Taylor's battle to teach his daughter how to fight her own battles.  

The excerpt, taken from the New York Times, read: 'The trial, expected to last nine days, has drawn fans of Ms. Swift. Ed Lee, a 50-year-old graphic artist from Seattle, took time from visiting relatives in Colorado to bring his 10-year-old daughter to a trial he said demonstrates lesson he tries to teach her. 

''I've had many conversations with her as I walk her to school,' Mr. Lee said. 'I tell her: 'You're an alpha. I want you to know how to pull the claws out when you need them. Because you're going to need them.' 

Taylor liked the post on the site, marking her first reference to the trial on her social media pages.  

The activity breaks Taylor's social media silence, ever since taking her battle with David Mueller, who was found guilty of groping her back in 2013, to court.

Taylor accused David, 55, of inappropriately grabbing her at a meet-in-greet back in 2013, with a photo showing David with his hand behind Swift just below her waist, as evidence.  

The pop star and her mother initially tried to keep the accusation quiet by reporting the incident to Mueller's bosses and not the police.

But it inevitably became public when Mueller sued Swift for up to $3 million, claiming the allegation cost him his $150,000-a-year job at country station KYGO-FM, where he was a morning host. 

Swift counter-sued for assault and battery, and during an hour of testimony blasted a low-key characterization by Mueller's attorney, Gabriel McFarland, of what happened. While Mueller testified he never grabbed Swift, she insisted she was groped.

'He stayed attached to my bare a** as I lurched away from him,'Swift stated when she took the stand in the case.  

Jurors rejected Mueller's claims that Andrea Swift and Bell cost him his job, and he was found guilty of both assault and battery in a counter-suit. 

However David, who also had his $3million lawsuit against Taylor dismissed, is considering an appeal.

Appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Mueller went on to criticise the testimony given by Swift in the trial. 

Mueller, who lost his job soon after Swift's team reported the incident to his bosses, is now considering a possible appeal of the verdict. 

Mueller also alleged that the incident was caused by the last second decision to have him pose in the photo with the Grammy winner and his girlfriend.

'I wasn't ready. I wasn't invited to be in the photo. So it was - I just moved into the shot the best I could,' claimed Mueller.

Swift was having none of that at the trial, and made it very clear that she had a much different recollection of what happened that evening.

'He did not touch my rib. He did not touch my arm. He did not touch my hand. He grabbed my bare a**,' declared Swift.

Mueller stated on Tuesday that he had initially hoped that Swift would agree to write a note stating that the entire incident may have just been a misunderstanding. 

He went on to state that it was only when that option was rejected that he made the decision to file his $3 million suit.

Swift meanwhile is also continuing to fight in the wake of this verdict, on behalf of other woman who have been victims of sexual assault.

Immediately after the jury declared Mueller as guilty, the singer-songwriter turned to her mother and said she hoped the verdict would inspire other victims of assault.

Per Swift's request, jurors awarded her $1 in damages - a sum her attorney, Douglas Baldridge, called 'a single symbolic dollar, the value of which is immeasurable to all women in this situation.'

Swift released a statement thanking her attorneys 'for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault.' 

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