Now that a verdict has been reached in Mueller v. Swift, known colloquially as the Taylor Swift groping trial, those involved are able to publicly speak about the case, including the courtroom sketch artist. Jeff Kandyba, a native of Boulder, Colorado, sketched Swift throughout the trial, his images the only glimpse most of the public got of inside the courtroom. As some fans noted, the sketches didn't quite capture the look of one of the most famous women in the world, and now Kandyba explained, in an interview with KDVR, why exactly that is. "A person like Taylor Swift, who is very pretty—has perfectly proportioned dimensions on the face—is actually much harder [to sketch]," he said, adding that, "Some people are just much easier to draw than others... If you give me somebody with a beard and glasses— bingo—got it."
There's also the fact that Swift wasn't posing for a drawing, she was moving while at her seat and talking while on the stand. "I'm always drawing people in my head and they always look way better in my head than they do on paper," said Kandyba, who is a "go-to" sketch guy in the Denver area.
Because of the high-profile nature of the case, Kandyba admits, "I did practice sketches ahead of time."
On Monday, August 14, Swift won her case and was awarded the full amount in the damages she sought ($1). She released a statement thanking her judge and lawyers and pledging to donate money to programs that help victims of sexual assault. The case was a counter-suit against DJ and radio personality David Mueller, who groped Swift under her skirt after a concert in 2013, and then sued the singer and her mother after he lost his job (all of his cases were thrown out).
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