Speaking to TIME magazine, she said: "I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances, imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance". He was sacked from country radio station KYGO days after Swift's management team reported what happened. Two years later, he sued Swift for defamation, and she countersued for just $1. "I was angry. In that moment, I made a decision to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened".
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.
"I want to thank Judge William J Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process", said Swift in a statement after the trial.
Mueller claimed the photo of the meet and greet, which was the main point of evidence for both the defense and plaintiff, was the result of him jumping in the photo at the last second.
The interview also has Swift sharing advice for anyone who has experienced this kind of abuse: "You could be blamed for the fact that it happened, for reporting it and blamed for how you reacted".
On Tuesday night's (Dec. 5) episode of The Good Doctor, one of the female surgical residents was sexually harassed by an attending physician - he was asking her out for drinks and then bragging about his massage and omelet-making skills - and she knew she'd be blamed if she went over his head to report him. He had reached under her skirt and grabbed her butt while they posed for a photo after an interview.
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"In that moment, I made a decision to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened", she continued. This man hadn't considered any formalities when we assaulted me, and his lawyer didn't hold back on my mom - why should I be polite?
"The people who have broken their silence on sexual assault and harassment span all races, all income classes, all occupations and virtually all corners of the globe".
Swift's straightforward testimony was widely reported at the time, and she explained that that was the only way to counteract what she'd been through. My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you.
"I think that this moment is important for awareness, for how parents are talking to their children, and how victims are processing their trauma, whether it be new or old", she continued. "And it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women - and men too - who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault", Time's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said on Today.
"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.
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