Taylor Swift makes ‘extremely generous’ donation to Mariska Hargitay charity
Taylor Swift was awarded a symbolic $1 on Monday (Aug 14) when a jury ruled that radio host David Mueller had assaulted her during a 2013 meet-and-greet backstage at a concert in the city. After the verdict, Taylor released a statement revealing she would be making donations to sexual assault victims’ charities. And she really made it. The singer donated a sizable amount to her friend Mariska Hargitay’s Joyful Heart Foundation, which “helps survivors of sexual assault heal and reclaim their lives”.
“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,” her statement read. “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.”
On Wednesday (Aug 16), Maile M. Zambuto, CEO of the Joyful Heart Foundation, told the Huffington Post that they had already received a contribution from the Blank Space hitmaker: “Taylor is aware of the Joyful Heart Foundation and follows our work,” Maile said. “Her team got in touch with me and we talked a lot about her commitment, all along throughout this ordeal, to wanting to be of service to survivors.”
Maile did not disclose the exact amount of Taylor’s donation, but underlined it was an “extremely generous financial investment in the movement to end sexual violence.”
She added “I’m honoured by her dedication and commitment to these issues, and I’m deeply grateful for her support of the Joyful Heart Foundation.”