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. If you're unfamiliar with this case, here's a quick backstory: In 2013, Swift posed with Mueller for a photo at one of her concert meet-and-greets.
A sketch of Swift is shown as she appeared in court Friday, August 11. But the one thing she did that did not survive in the news-cycle for long-but should have-is the symbolic victory she gained over a man who sexually assaulted her. Read some tweets about the matter below.
"I spent two years reading headlines referring to it as "The Taylor Swift Butt Grab Case" with internet trolls making a joke about what happened to me".
The 27-year-old singer got heaps of social media praise after she took the stand, hitting back at Mueller's lawyer with fiery responses like, "I am not going to allow your client to make me feel like it is any way my fault because it isn't" and "I'm critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass".
The radio DJ who was found guilty of groping Taylor Swift during a photo op has officially paid the hitmaker the symbolic $1 he owed her.
In her interview with Time, Taylor revealed exactly why she chose to take a stand against the man who assaulted her.
"I spoke to [Kesha] on the phone and it really helped to talk to someone who had been through the demoralizing court process", Swift said.
Swift told Time she became angry as she watched Mueller's attorney "bully, badger and harass" her mother, who felt so "physically ill" after a cross-examination that she couldn't return to court when her daughter took the stand.
To her fans and anyone else dealing with abuse or harassment, she added, "My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you". It's actually a group of people, whom the magazine has dubbed "the silence breakers". 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?
Swift also gave her thoughts on the growing "awareness" about sexual assault in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein allegations, and the roadblocks of trauma and fearing of being blamed that continue to make it hard for victims to come forward.
She told Time that she thinks the fearless women and men who speak up about their abuse have moved the needle, but it still has a long way to go. Your testimony this summer was fierce and you probably used the word "ass" the most times ever in a court of law, but your face minus actions or words does nothing for me.
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.