The Colorado-based jury ruled in Swift's favor. You don't have to like Taylor Swift, but you do need to respect what she did, what that means to women, and that she too has a place in the #MeToo movement.
The jury sided with Swift.
Now the singer has spoken to Time reporter Eliana Dockterman and detailed for the first time how she found the case process "demoralising", and how she leaned on Kesha for help. Swift also testified that no one else could have possibly grabbed her: "He had a handful of my ass". He was seeking $3 million in damages.
She reported the incident, Swift said, and Mueller's radio station conducted an investigation that ended with his termination. "I squirmed and lurched sideways to get away from him, but he wouldn't let go. I kept thinking, Did I do something, did I say something, did I look a certain way to make him think that was O.K.?" Much of that was because of one particular person on the front cover - Taylor Swift. RAINN's president, Scott Berkowitz, told ABC News that Swift's case was "a great demonstration to other victims that there is strength in coming forward and pursing justice". Mueller continues to deny that he groped Swift. I was angry. In that moment, I made a decision to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened. "This man hadn't considered any formalities when he assaulted me".
The worker, who made a sexual harassment complaint anonymously, told TIME she remembers vivid details about what happened to her, and she couldn't stop wondering whether she could have prevented the encounter. "I was angry", she said of the moment she took the stand. There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when I was named as the defendant.
Taylor Swift recounted a taxing timetable of events from her sexual assault trial in her profile for Time Magazine's Person of the Year.
"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". In the story, Swift said she had not yet received the dollar; she said "that act of defiance is symbolic in itself".