Taylor Swift Hits A Homerun in Court, Well Sort of
The Music industry seems to have become the most vocal proponent against sexual assault. Singers such as Lady Gaga and Kesha have both accused former producer Dr. Luke of Sexual assault on his proteges.
Fueled by sex, drugs, and rock and roll of the 60’s and 70’s might have clouded the discussion since it was common to engage in highly amoral practices in the music industry.
The case might still the same to this day, however the progression of women’s rights in the United States has given high-profiled celebrities the platform to voice their displeasure with hotbed issues.
Taylor Swift won her lawsuit against former Denver DJ and Radio host David Mueller receiving a symbolic $1 settlement.
On Monday, a jury ruled Mueller had in fact groped the pop singer during a pre-concert photo op four years ago. A photo was released as evidence as it appears that Mueller’s hand had reached towards the bottom of Swift’s backside.
Following suit, Swift pledged she would donate to organisations that support survivors of sexual assault. On Wednesday, she made a contribution to the Mariska Hargitay‘s Joyful Heart Foundation.
Swift Takes the Stand
Swift spent nearly an hour on the witness stand during the latter part of the trial. She disputed Mueller’s attorney who insisted that his client never grabbed her. Mueller stated that he touched her ribs and might have brushed the outside of her skirt.
Mueller is now suing the Swift clan including radio frontiersman Frank Bell, who was behind the investigation, for defamation; a 3 million dollar settlement.
“He stayed attached to my bare ass-cheek as I lurched away from him,” Swift testified. “It was a definite grab. A very long grab.”
In the photo, Mueller’s girlfriend is standing on the other side of Swift. Swift is smiling, however she comes off as awkward. Swift’s mother noticed that it was a look that she knew far too often when things were not right.
Swift thanked the couple afterwards and moved on to photos with other fans, not wanting to disappoint them. Afterwards, Swift went to her photographer to retrieve the photo with Mueller explaining to the photographer what had happened.
Taylor Swift’s mother did not call the police at the time.
“We absolutely wanted to keep it private, but we didn’t want him to get away with it,” Andrea Swift said during her testimony.
Following the trial, Taylor Swift took a hiatus from Social Media where she deleted all of her accounts including on Twitter and Instagram. This could be a reason for the singer to focus more closely on her next album she is rumored to be working on.
The album might not stop short of subliminal messaging giving the emotionally charged week she is coming off of and her newfound commitment to activism.