The Time Magazine named the “Silence Breakers”, women who had the courage to speak about their sexual assault experiences, as their Person of the Year, and popular singer and celebrity Taylor Swift is one of those women. After her controversial sexual assault trial in August against a radio DJ, Swift has finally spoken, outside her court testimony, about her ordeal.
Speaking to Time Magazine, Swift narrated the harrowing moment radio DJ David Mueller made his disgusting move. The pop superstar said: “When we were posing for the photo, he stuck his hand up my dress and grabbed my ass cheek.”
Swift added that she tried to avoid further contact with the lecherous DJ. She added: “I squirmed and lurched sideways to get away from him, but he wouldn’t let go.”
The phenomenal singer said she was more worried then that Mueller would take advantage of other young artists, that is why she is motivated to report him to his radio station.
Swift shared: “The radio station conducted its own investigation and fired him. Two years later, he sued me.” The singer bravely faced the court and provided an honest recollection of the events that happened to lead before, during and after the assault on her.
Mueller sued for defamation with a $3 million claim; Swift sued back for a symbolic $1 and won.
Many are celebrating Swift’s inclusion on Time’s Person of the Year cover, saying such is well-deserved. One Twitter user said: “Taylor Swift is on Time’s Person of the Year is WELL-DESERVED. She not only went against her own sexual assaulter, she faced the media and the whole world while doing so. AND SHE WON- then after the trial donated money to charities raising awareness about sexual assault. “
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She said then: “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? I’m told it was the most amount of times the word “ass” has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court.”
Swift also has a good take away from all that she endured, something she wishes to share with other victims of sexual assault who may be struggling with fear of speaking up. Swift said: “ 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. My advice is that you do not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you.”
The singer concluded: “The brave women and men who have come forward this year have all moved the needle in terms of letting people know that this abuse of power shouldn’t be tolerated.”