'When I testified, I had already been in court all week and had to watch this man's attorney bully, badger and harass my team including my mother over inane details and ridiculous minutiae, accusing them, and me, of lying, ' Swift said in the Time interview. "[Do] not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you", she says. He was sacked from country radio station KYGO days after Swift's management team reported what happened.
She spoke of the importance of coming forward out of fear of what Mueller could do to someone more vulnerable.
While Taylor has been noticeably silent after the case (and after the release of her new album, Reputation) the singer recently gave a candid interview to Time who recently honored her as a "Person of the Year". She broke her silence in more ways than one and for that, we applaud her.
In her statement to the court, Taylor said the man who assaulted her had not given her the dollar owed to her, which "is an act of defiance in itself". The pop star said she chatted with Kesha, a musician who's had a long legal battle with alleged abuser Dr. Luke, about her situation, and it "really helped to talk to someone who had been through the demoralizing court process", Swift said. A jury found David Mueller guilty.
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?"
Taylor Swift sued former DJ David Mueller for sexual assault to ensure no one else suffered at his hands.
The fiery testimony, she said, came from frustration, particularly with Mueller's lawyer's treatment of her mother.
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If you feel like you've been the victim of sexual harassment at work - including conduct such as offensive jokes, slurs, name-calling, physical assaults or threats, intimidation, ridicule or mockery, insults or put-downs, offensive objects or pictures, and interference with work performance - there are groups who will support you and help you break your silence. "This man hadn't considered any formalities when he assaulted me". You could be blamed for the fact that it happened, for reporting it and blamed for how you reacted.
As for the future, Swift feels strongly that the moment we're in, while important, isn't over yet.
She told Time that she thinks the courageous women and men who speak up about their abuse have moved the needle, but it still has a long way to go.
During her court proceedings, Taylor turned to the "Rainbow" singer, who is now embroiled in her own legal battle against her former producer Dr. Luke, whom she claims sexually assaulted and emotionally abused her.
"Going to court to confront this type of behaviour is a lonely and draining experience, even when you win, even when you have the financial ability to defend yourself".
This interview has been edited and condensed.