Taylor Swift Fights Back Tears as She Reflects on Sexual Assault Lawsuit One Year Later

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One year after Taylor Swift emerged victorious in her legal battle against former radio host David Mueller, the “Shake It Off” singer has bravely opened up about her sexual assault case publicly. On Aug. 14, 2017, Taylor was in a Colorado courtroom where a jury ruled that David had sexually assaulted her when he grabbed her butt during a red carpet meet-and-greet in 2013. Since then, she hasn’t really said much on the matter… until yesterday during a Reputation tour stop in Tampa, Florida. In the middle of her concert, Taylor took a moment to reflect and count her blessings.

“Looking back, this exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado,” she began. “I was there for a sexual assault case and this day a year ago was the day the jury sided in my favor and said that they believed me.”

She then went on to praise people who struggle to get their allegations properly heard. “I just think about all the people that weren’t believed, or the people who haven’t been believed, or the people who are afraid to speak up because they don’t think they will be believed,” Taylor continued.

“And I just want to say that I’m sorry to everyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if people hadn’t believed in me when I said that something happened,” she said. “I just wanted to say that we have so, so, so much further to go and I’m grateful to you guys for being there for me during what was a really, really horrible part of my life.”

Taylor also thanked her fans for confiding in her and opening up about some of the hard times that they’ve gone through in their lives. “I appreciate you trusting me with that information. And you’ve seen me go through ups and downs in my life so thank you for everything,” she told the audience before breaking down in tears. “I just want to say I’m so happy to see you and to have you and to know you through the ups and the downs of my life. So, thank you for everything.”

“Sorry, I just haven’t really talked about it and I’m just really not composed at all,” she concluded as the crowd held up $1 bills in a symbolic response to Taylor’s emotional speech.

According to, fans were given yellow bills with Taylor’s face on the front. On the back, it told the story of her lawsuit against David, as well as her victory. It also had the message, “Tonight after Taylor sing[s] ‘King of My Heart’ she’ll begin her ‘Delicate’ speech. At that time can you please hold up this $1 bill in solidarity and support for her and all victims of sexual assault?”

ICYDK, Taylor launched a lawsuit against David in August 2017, saying that he groped her during a meet-and-greet event five years ago. He denied the allegation and then sued Taylor claiming he lost his job because of her. So, Taylor and her team countersued (for one single dollar) and won. David was found guilty of assault and battery.

Her victory was important then and still is now.

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