Taylor Swift Gets Emotional About Sexual Assault Victims Being Believed

Lawrence Kim
August 16, 2018

Before the show fans were given yellow $1 bills with Taylor's face on the front, symbolic of the $1 won when she countersued former Denver DJ David Mueller, who sued Taylor for $3 million after he was sacked from his job when Taylor claimed her groped her in 2013.

It was on August 14, 2017 that, after hours of deliberation and days of testimony, an eight-member jury unanimously decided in favor of Swift after she said the Colorado-based DJ groped her while taking a picture during a 2013 meet-and-greet backstage.

In that trial one year ago, a Denver jury sided with Swift against Mueller's claim that allegations of groping - by Swift, her mother Andrea Swift and her radio manager Frank Bell - had intentionally interfered with his employment contract and business opportunities, resulting in his firing and lost wages.

"I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa".

In a tearful speech, Taylor talked about how "A year ago to the day the jury sided with me", adding "I want to say thank you for being there for me during what was a really disgusting part of my life".

"I just want to say that I'm sorry to everyone who wasn't believed because I don't know what turn my life would have taken if people didn't believe in me when I said that something had happened to me".

The pop star, who was visibly emotional, thanked her fans for their support. "And you've seen me go through ups and downs in my life so thank you for everything" she told the audience then broke down in tears.

The singer then expanded the focus of her speech to touch on unsung victims of sexual assault.

"So I just wanted to say we have so much further to go, and I'm so grateful to you guys for being there for me for what was really a disgusting part of my life", Swift said as the audience cheered.

'I just haven't really talked about it, ' she said, 'and so I'm just not composed at all'.

'I just wanted to say we have so much further to go, and I'm so grateful to you guys for being there for me for what was really a frightful part of my life, ' she said.

The Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network said its hotline experienced a 35 percent bump in the days after the trial, praising Swift's victory as "a great demonstration to other victims that there is strength in coming forward and pursuing justice".

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