Taylor Swift fought back tears on stage in the US overnight, as she discussed the sexual assault case she won against a radio host exactly one year ago.
At her concert in Tampa, Florida, Swift took a moment between songs to tell the audience what it meant to her to be believed by the jury and awarded a symbolic $1.
“This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa,” the 28-year-old told the crowd.
“I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado and, um, honestly I was there for a sexual assault case, and this day a year ago was the day that the jury decided in my favor and said that they believed me,” she explained to screams and applause.
“I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who haven’t been believed, or the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed,” she continued.
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“And I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my like would have taken if people didn’t believe me when I said that something had happened to me. So, I guess I just wanted to say that we have so, so, so much further to go, and I’m so grateful to you guys for being there for me during what was a really, really horrible part of my life.”
In 2013, Swift accused DJ and radio host David Mueller of groping her backside during a meet-and-greet photo opportunity. Mueller countersued and fiercely denied the allegations and as a result, the Bad Blood singer took the stand to testify.
In exchanges between Mueller’s attorney Gabe McFarland, Swift responded strongly, quickly and with dry-wit. “Gabe, this is a photo of [Mueller] with his hand up my skirt – with his hand on my ass,” she said.
“You can ask me a million questions – I’m never going to say anything different. I never have said anything different… I’m not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault. Here we are years later, and I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions – not mine.”
Speaking of the incident last year when the #MeToo movement took off, Swift said:
“I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances and high stakes, imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance.
“It was important to report the incident to his radio station because I felt like they needed to know.”