Taylor Swift Describes the Anger She Felt During Her Sexual Assault Trial

Lawrence Kim
December 7, 2017

Taylor Swift was awarded with a symbolic $1 million when she won her case against former Denver DJ David Mueller.

"Once it hit the news that I was in Denver dealing with this, there was an outpouring of support on social media and I have never appreciated it more".

This image provided by Time magazine, shows the cover of the magazine's Person of the Year edition as "The Silence Breakers", those who have shared their stories about sexual assault and harassment.

Two years after his firing, Mueller sued not only Swift, but her mother and her radio liaison.

Swift goes on to talk about how Mueller didn't consider "formalities" while grabbing her, so she chose to be blunt on the stand, adding, "his lawyer didn't hold back on my mom - why should I be polite?" (Mueller still denies any wrongdoing and says he might file an appeal.) The case received worldwide attention - but the most-discussed aspect of the trial was Swift's very blunt testimony, as Mueller's lawyer, Gabe McFarland, questioned her on the stand about whether the DJ actually groped her.

"I would tell people who find themselves in this situation that there is a great deal of blame placed on the victims in cases of sexual harassment and assault", she said "You could be blamed for the fact that it happened, for reporting it and blamed for how you reacted".

Just before the movement went viral, Swift testified in court for the counter-suit against her assaulter, Mueller.

When Swift and Mueller's legal proceedings were in the national spotlight, Tay turned to Kesha - who's now involved her own lengthy legal battle against her former producer, Dr. Luke, whom she alleges sexually assaulted and emotionally abused her - for help.

Taylor Swift and Kesha have publicly supported each other during their legal battles. But, it's an entirely different thing to diminish the kind of courage it takes for a woman to face her assaulter in open court and win. "Most people thought I was suing him. I'm told it was the most amount of times the word "ass" has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court", she told Time Magazine, as part of their Person of the Year piece. "I'm not going to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault", she fiercely responded.

On Tuesday night's (Dec. 5) episode of The Good Doctor, one of the female surgical residents was sexually harassed by an attending physician - he was asking her out for drinks and then bragging about his massage and omelet-making skills - and she knew she'd be blamed if she went over his head to report him.

"To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic [of where we still have to go] in itself".

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