“I am not going to allow your my client to make me feel like it is anyway my fault because it isn’t.”
Taylor Swift didn’t just take home a symbolic one dollar from winning a sexual assault trial—she helped take down a misogynistic system that has oppressed women, both rich and poor, for years.
The Grammy Award-winning singer faced a jury trial, after being sued by an ex-radio DJ, David Mueller, for slander. He sought $3 million, claiming that he lost his career after Swift accused him of groping her during a meet-and-greet. On August 14, however, the pop star triumphed over her harasser, after the jury finally found Mueller guilty of assault and battery.
These five powerful quotes from Taylor Swift’s groping trial do not just serve as a statement for every woman; they also serve as an inspiration for the voiceless, and a reminder that every woman’s testimony must be heard; ‘no’ means ‘no’, and we must put an end to victim blaming. After all, it’s 2017, and women refuse to be silenced.
1. “He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand, he grabbed my bare ass.”
Context: Taylor Swift contradicted David Mueller’s testimony, who claimed that he only came into contact with her rib.
2. “No, I am critical of your client for sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my bare ass.”
Context: Taylor Swift was asked if she was critical of her bodyguard for not doing anything during the incident.
3. “And your client could have taken a normal photo with me.”
Context: Mueller’s attorney, Gabriel McFarland, pointed out that if Taylor was so upset about being groped, then she could have taken a break in the middle of her meet-and-greet.
4. “I am not going to allow my client to make me feel like it is anyway my fault because it isn’t.”
Context: McFarland asked Taylor Swift how she felt when Mueller lost his job because of the incident four years ago.
5. “She’s just trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you. Grabbing a woman’s rear end is an assault, and it’s always wrong. Any woman—rich, poor, famous, or not—is entitled to have that not happen.”
Context: Taylor Swift’s attorney, J. Doug Baldridge, said these words during his opening statement as he laid out his case against Mueller.
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