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4 important things Taylor Swift said about sexual assault and harassment

07 December 2017

Although the pop singer won her counter-suit in August against David Mueller, the former DJ who initially sued Swift for libel over the 2003 groping incident that cost him his career, she described the case to be a 'lonely and draining experience'.

David Mueller provided a letter to The Associated Press showing the payment was sent November 28.

On Wednesday morning, Time announced their annual "Person of the Year", but instead of honoring one individual, the magazine named "The Silence Breakers", women who have come together in to fight and speak out against sexual harassment scandals in 2017, as the "People of the Year".

The fiery testimony, she said, came from frustration, particularly with Mueller's lawyer's treatment of her mother.

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Mueller sued Taylor for defamation because he lost his job at the country music station. A federal jury in Denver ruled for Swift.

And in an interview for the issue, it's easy to understand why she's among the mix.

In her first comments about the case since standing across from Mueller in court, Swift told Time why she refused to stay silent about his behavior.

As for the future, Swift feels strongly that the moment we're in, while important, isn't over yet. "I figured that if [Mueller] 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", she said. Swift privately reported the incident to the station at which Mueller worked, and he was sacked. The radio station conducted its own investigation and fired him. Most people thought I was suing him.

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"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 insane details and ridiculous minutiae, accusing them, and me, of lying", Swift told Time.

Swift goes on to talk about how Mueller didn't consider "formalities" while grabbing her, so she made a decision to be blunt on the stand, adding, "his lawyer didn't hold back on my mom - why should I be polite?" "This man hadn't considered any formalities when he assaulted me". And then there was the massive #MeToo movement spurred by women who came forward in October to allege that Harvey Weinstein and many others committed sexual assault.

"My advice [to sexual assault survivors] is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you", she said. He was sacked from country radio station KYGO days after Swift's management team reported what happened.

Swift's loyal fans were eager to point out the importance of her role in this year's watershed moment of reckoning in regards to sexual assault and harassment, responding strongly to any backlash or protests on Twitter. She was honoured alongside Tarana Burke, Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Isabel Pascual, Terry Crews, Rose McGowan and more.

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4 important things Taylor Swift said about sexual assault and harassment