A jury has found that the former DJ David Mueller guilty of sexually assaulting the pop star Taylor Swift.

The eight-member jury sided with Swift and found that Mueller had groped her during a photo session in June 2013 in Denver. He will have to pay her a symbolic $1 in damages.

After the verdict was delivered, the singer hugged her mother Andrew and mouthed the words "thank you" to the jury.

In a statement obtained by People, she said: "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. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard.

"Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves."

The 27-year-old singer had cried in court earlier on Monday (14 August) when Mueller's lawyer argued a photo, which was used as evidence against Mueller for the trial, proved he could not put his hand under her skirt.

In Mueller's testimony, he said he had simply touched her arm and ribs while "jostling" for the photo.

But in Swift's testimony, she said: "This was not jostling. He did not touch my rib. He did not touch my arm. ... He grabbed my bare ass."

Swift's mother testified that her daughter was visibly upset after the incident.

Earlier a judge threw out the lawsuit by Mueller in which he said he had lost his job because of her claims.

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Taylor Swift will testify against DJ David Mueller over claims he groped her bum in 2013Neilson Barnard/Getty Images