Taylor Puts DJ Who Sexually Harassed Her on Trial
Grammy winner Taylor Swift has made many headlines, both positive and negative, over the years. Now, she’s taking the stand for an important cause and is receiving a lot of praise for doing so.
The case in question is between Swift and David Mueller, a former DJ in Denver, Colorado. According to Swift, while posing for a photo with Mueller and his then-girlfriend at an event in 2013, Mueller groped her, grabbing her behind in what she calls “a devious and sneaky act.”
Following the incident, Mueller was fired from KYGO, the radio station where he worked. Two years later, he sued Swift for $3 million, claiming that she, her mother, and her radio promotions director “pressured” the station to let him go.
In response, Swift countersued for just $1, denying responsibility for the termination of his employment. The first five days of the trial took place this week, with Swift herself testifying on Thursday.
Throughout her cross-examination with Mueller’s attorney, Gabe McFarland, Swift remained “direct, stern, and unwavering,” writes Glamour. Among her various responses, Swift told McFarland multiple times that she was standing by her allegations.
“Gabe, this is a photo of him with his hand up my skirt — with his hand on my ass,” Swift told McFarland when the photo was presented as evidence. “You can ask me a million questions — I’m never going to say anything different. I never have said anything different.”
McFarland argued that the photo didn’t show anything obviously inappropriate. He also asserted that perhaps it was the woman in the image, Mueller’s girlfriend, who was touching her behind. Additionally, he attempted to place blame on Swift’s bodyguard, Greg Dent, who witnessed the incident.
Dent himself testified on Friday in support Swift. He said he viewed the encounter as “a violation of her body,” but he did not take any further action at that moment. Swift refused to implicate her former employee, keeping the focus on Mueller and his actions.
Others who had something to say include Swift’s former assistant, who called the singer “visibly upset” after the incident in a deposition read in court. Andrea Swift, the pop star’s mother, also took the stand. She recalled her amazement at how her daughter maintained her composure and thanked Mueller and his girlfriend for attending the event, even after the photo in question.
“As a parent, it makes me question why I taught her to be so polite — in that moment,” Andrea said.
The counter lawsuit filed by Swift is not about money. Rather, the singer hopes that it will “”serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”
Already, she appears to be making a difference. Twitter is abuzz with comments from women cheering her on. Among them is fellow celebrity Lena Dunham, who tweeted a positive message for the singer.
Proud of @taylorswift13 for her fierce & cutting testimony & her refusal to settle for being treated like property. Her example is powerful.
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 11, 2017
And a reporter for Fox31 Denver KDVR shared the following image of an office window, with a message for Swift, straight from one of her own songs.
— Michael Konopasek (@MikeKonopasek) August 11, 2017
The trial will continue into the week of August 13.