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Taylor Swift Told "Time" Exactly Why She Sued David Mueller for Sexual Assault

When Taylor Swift brought a lawsuit against David Mueller for sexual assault and battery, she wasn't in it for the money. The singer asked for only $1 when she sued the former DJ for groping her, meaning she wouldn't even be compensated for going to court. At the time, Swift said she wanted to show others that sexual assault is never okay. Now, she elaborated on her motives in Time, as one of the "Silence Breakers" in their Person of the Year issue.

"I figured that if he [Mueller] would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances," she told the publication, "imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance." (Swift went on to donate money to the Joyful Heart Foundation to help victims of sexual assault shortly after she won the suit.)



Radio DJ David Mueller groped Taylor Swift during a photo op in 2013. She reported him to his radio station, KYGO, and he was terminated. He said her accusations were false and sued Swift. She countersued for $1 and won. "When I testified, I had already had to watch this man’s attorney bully, badger and harass my team, including my mother … I was angry. In that moment, I decided to forgo any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened. This man hadn’t considered any formalities when he assaulted me … Why should I be polite? I’m told it was the most amount of times the word ass has ever been said in Colorado federal court." (Mueller’s lawyer did not respond to multiple requests for comment.) @taylorswift is among the Silence Breakers, TIME's Person of the Year. Read the full story on Photograph by Billy & Hells for TIME. #TIMEPOY

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Swift and 23 others were named Time's Person of the Year for speaking out against sexual assault. Time acknowledged a range of men and women, some famous others not, for adding to the recent conversation about sexual harassment and assault. (Alyssa Milano, who sparked the resurgence of the Me Too movement, was also chosen.)


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