After being named as part of Time’s ‘silence breakers’ in 2017, Taylor Swift reveals why she was “angry” and that she still hasn’t received her “symbolic” $1.
Taylor Swift, alongside the likes of Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd and countless others, has been named as one of Time magazine’s ‘silence breakers’ in 2017 for encouraging other women to speak out against sexual harassment.
Swift, who won a countersuit against former DJ David Mueller, who she accused of groping her during a photo op in 2013, asked Mueller to pay her a “symbolic” $1.
However, in her first interview since the trial back in August, Swift has revealed she still hasn’t received the dollar, despite his claims to the contrary.
“When the jury found in my favour, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1,” she explained.
“To this day [the man who assaulted me] has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself.”
In the same interview, Swift goes on to address the language she used in the trial, explaining that the line of questioning had made her “angry”: as such, she refused to play by their rules.
“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 inane details and ridiculous minutiae, accusing them, and me, of lying,” Swift said.
The process was so tiring, her mum was too ill to attend court the following day after being cross-examined.
“My mom was so upset after her cross-examination, she was physically too ill to come to court the day I was on the stand. I was angry. In that moment, I decided 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, and his lawyer didn’t hold back on my mom—why should I be polite? I’m told it was the most amount of times the word ‘ass’ has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court.”
However, Swift was keen to assure people who’ve been sexually assaulted that they shouldn’t blame themselves.
“You might be made to feel like you’re overreacting, because society has made this stuff seem so casual,” said Swift.
“My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you. You should not be blamed for waiting 15 minutes or 15 days or 15 years to report sexual assault or harassment, or for the outcome of what happens to a person after he or she makes the choice to sexually harass or assault you.”
You can read the full list of the ‘Silence Breakers’ here.
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