Taylor Swift Fought Fearlessly for Sexual Assault Victims, and Won

Taylor Swift is known for being generous to her fans, but this week the world saw Swift at her most selfless. The superstar’s sexual assault trial took place this week, ending in a win both for Swift and for all victims of sexual assault.

The trial resulted from a 2013 incident between Swift and former Colorado radio DJ David Mueller. The two posed together for a photo during a pre-concert meet and greet, at which time Swift alleges Mueller sexually assaulted her by reaching under her skirt and “grabbing [her] bare ass.”

“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, and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there,” Swift said in a deposition. “It was not an accident, it was completely intentional, and I have never been so sure of anything in my life.”

Swift told her mother and staff what happened and Mueller was removed from the venue. His employers at KYGO radio were also informed and fired Mueller two days later. As a result of losing his $150,000 a year salary—which he blames on Swift and not his own actions—Mueller filed a lawsuit against Swift two years after the incident claiming she and her team had set out to get him fired.

As what she calls a symbolic gesture, Swift countersued for assault and battery and sought damages of $1.

Swift said her motive for pursuing a countersuit was to “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”

Simply facing the person who sexually assaulted you and having to relive the incident would be hard enough, but this being Taylor Swift there is the added pressure of the entire ordeal being extremely public. Swift made it clear though that she was not backing down and would not be intimidated. Her statements in court were as inspiring as they were pointed. Though she only spent about an hour on the stand, Swift made every minute of her testimony count.

When Mueller’s lawyer asked about his firing, Swift responded, “I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is any way my fault because it isn’t. Here we are years later, and I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are the product of his decisions — not mine.”

The lawyer insinuated that if Swift had really been so upset by the incident, she could have taken a break from the event, which she did not do. Swift answered, “And your client could have taken a normal photo with me.”

At one point, Swift had to explain that no one could directly see Mueller’s hand because there was a wall behind them and “[her] ass is located in the back of [her] body.”

When asked if she was critical of her body guard for not protecting her if the incident happened like she said, Swift answered, “I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.”

No matter what Mueller’s lawyer asked her, Swift held firm and would not be bullied into changing her story. She handled what was undoubtedly a horrible experience with grace and strength and she did so not just for herself, but to set an example for others.

Last Friday, the judge dismissed Mueller’s case against Swift due to a lack of evidence that Swift acted inappropriately. On Tuesday, a jury ruled in Swift’s favor. Mueller will be required to pay her $1.

Swift thanked both the judge and her legal team for “fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault.”

She also acknowledged that many victims don’t have the same privileges or resources to fight their cases as she did and announced that she will be “making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”

Photo Credit: Eva Rinaldi

66 comments

Truth T
Truth T9 days ago

Yet--of course in our sexist, pro-female society--women are freely allowed to marginalize men with lewd comments, sexually grope them in public, and even physically assault them (slapping, for example) with no censure and absolute impunity. This is because so-called "feminism" is purely self-serving and hypocritical. This is nothing but a Phyrric victory.

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Elaine W
Elaine W21 days ago

She won her $1.00 and made a priceless point for women.

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Margie F
Margie F22 days ago

Thank you

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Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson28 days ago

Good for her.

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Angela K
Angela K29 days ago

noted

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Nicole H
Nicole Habout a month ago

@ CLARE O'BEARA : "Superstar ?" I"ve barely heard from her" So what ???? This had nothing to do with the contents of this article.... Please in the future, abstain from writing such ridiculous "comments". Nobody is interested in the fact whether you have heard from her or not. It is about the MACHO attitudes of some male human animals, who think they can do everything they wish / dream of... Just like the POTUS !!!!!

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Roberto M
Roberto Mabout a month ago

thanks for sharing

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Tanya W
Tanya Wabout a month ago

I can't believe this moron thought he'd assault such a high profile woman and get away with it! Treat all women with respect!

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Tanya W
Tanya Wabout a month ago

I love Taylor Swift as a role model for young women. You go girl!!! It doesn't matter if she was wearing a thong, a g string, underwear or not his hand didn't ever belong up her skirt!!!

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Clare O
Clare O'Bearaabout a month ago

Nobody should be groped.

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