@TaylorSwift Breaks Her Silence on Groping Trial Testimony: “I Was Angry”

Time, Person of the Year


Taylor Swift opened up about testifying against the DJ who groped her in TIME‘s 2017 Person of the Year issue.

Fans will recall how Swift accused David Mueller of reaching underneath her skirt and grabbing her butt while posing for pictures during a 2013 meet-and-greet.

“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,” Swift told TIME. “It was important to report the incident to his radio station because I felt like they needed to know.”

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After conducting an investigation, the radio station fired Mueller. Two years later, the DJ sued Swift. The singer responded by countersuing for assault and battery and asking for a symbolic $1—an amount her legal team claimed would “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”

Swift didn’t hold back when she took the stand in 2015. She told the jury Mueller “latched onto my bare ass cheek” and described the act as “devious and sneaky.” In fact, she told TIME she heard it was the “most amount of times the word ‘ass’ has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court.”

When Mueller’s lawyer asked how she felt about the DJ’s termination, she responded, “I am not going to allow you or your client in any way to make me feel like this was my fault, because it isn’t. I am being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions, not mine.”

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