Kudos to Taylor Swift for not only standing up to a sexual predator in her recently settled court case, but to the plaintiff’s aggressive and offensive attorney. Swift had been sued by David Mueller, who alleged that Swift’s claims that he had sexually assaulted the pop singer were false and led to him being fired as a DJ for a radio station.
Swift gave clear and confident testimony as to what happened, which was that Mueller slid his hand up her skirt and onto her backside during a photo op. Questioned by Meuller’s lawyers if their client had in fact groped her she said: “Other than grabbing my ass against my will, underneath my skirt, and refusing to let go, he did not otherwise touch me inappropriately.”
For those who have shrugged and said, what’s the big deal here, the guy just grabbed her butt, I would pose the following. If anyone slid their hands down your pants and grabbed your derriere, I would suggest that most people would be horrified. Many people would have surmised that this individual was mentally unbalanced.
Swift was strong and resolute in the brazenly hostile questions she was posed, many suggesting that the incident was in some way her own fault, and that she should have prevented it. One of her most powerful statements was “I’m not going to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault. Here we are years later, and I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are the product of his decisions—not mine."
Swift’s testimony should serve to empower men and women across the country who testify in courts in sexual assault cases. These would include individuals who are victims of domestic and sexual violence. I am also hopeful it will deter attorneys in court from engaging in blaming victims for the unlawful and predatory behavior of their clients.