Taylor Swift breaks her silence on sexual assault trial in interview
Time Magazine just announced their 2017 Person Of The Year, and no, it's not Donald Trump. It's the "Silence Breakers" - all the women who came forward with their stories about being victims of sexual harassment and assault. The cover photograph features a variety of women from the #MeToo movement, including former Uber engineer Suzan Fowler, pseudonymous strawberry picker 'Isabel Pascual,' and pop music superstar Taylor Swift.
No matter where you stand on Taylor Swift vs. Kim Kardashian, we all agree on the case of Taylor Swift vs. DJ David Mueller. Swift accused the Denver radio host of grabbing her ass while posing with him for a picture at a 2013 meet-and-greet. Horrified, she told the company about his groping, and he was fired.
Mueller denied the allegations and sued Swift for slander, blaming the singer-songwriter for losing his job. Swift responded by counter-suing Mueller for $1, claiming he absolutely did it, and should be punished "to serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."
"Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek," said Swift, in her deposition. "No matter how much I scooted over, it was still there. It was completely intentional, I've never been so sure of anything in my life." Meanwhile, Mueller denied the claim saying, "Our hands touched and our arms crossed. That's all I remember."
As part of Time's Person Of The Year issue, the Silence Breaker broke her silence about the sexual assault trial. Before Swift testified against DJ Butt-Grab, Mueller's lawyer cross-examined her loved ones, and the questioning was really intense.
“My mom was so upset after her cross-examination, she was physically too ill to come to court the day I was on the stand. I was angry,” she said. “In that moment, I decided to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened.”
In other words, "look what you made me do." On August 10, Swift took the stand and delivered a testimony that was so blunt, it went viral. The singer could have minced words, and just said Mueller made "inappropriate contact with her rear end." But why dress up what happened? Instead, Swift used crude language that reflected the crudeness of the incident.
"This is a photo of him...with his hand on my ass.
I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.
He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him.
He had a handful of my ass. I know it was him."
“This man hadn’t considered any formalities when he assaulted me, and his lawyer didn’t hold back on my mom—why should I be polite?” explained Swift to Time. “I’m told it was the most amount of times the word ‘ass’ has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court.”
The singer's direct testimony was praised by many as a "milestone," and the following weekend, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network reported a 35% increase in phone calls. RAINN's president called her case “a great demonstration to other victims that there is strength in coming forward and pursuing justice.”
The jury sided with Swift, which meant Mueller was ordered by the judge to pay her that symbolic $1. But the most surprising revelation in the Person In The Year interview? Mueller never did it! “To this day he has not paid me that dollar," said Swift. "And I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself."