Taylor Swift's comments in a deposition in her case against a former Denver radio DJ have been made public. The newly released transcripts reveal more details about the incident.
Back in 2013, Taylor Swift was at a backstage meet and greet for a Denver, Colorado concert where she has alleged that former Denver radio DJ David "Jackson" Mueller groped her while posing for a photo.
Two days after the incident, Mueller claims to have been fired from the station due to accusations by Swift and her security team. In 2015, Muller filed a lawsuit against Swift for slander to which, a month later, Swift responded with a countersuit in which a jury trial was requested. The transcript of Swift’s videotaped deposition which was as published by Billboard earlier last week, reveals her distress and, embarrassment over the incident:
“Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, [Mueller] took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there...it was completely intentional, I've never been so sure of anything in my life...I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before...for someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned.”
However difficult it was for Swift to talk about the assault against her body, her words are strong and transcending. So many women experience violations to their bodies every day and feel the pressure to shake it off, but the iconic singers decision to come forward and not back down on he accusations highlight exactly why we have to stick up for ourselves. Violating someone's body and touching them without consent is no "casual" or "joking" matter, as Swift proves it causes an emotional response that sticks with victims for much longer than the assailants actions could have taken.
Swift's suit states that if the case goes to trial and a jury decides she should receive monetary compensation from Mueller, all proceeds will go towards charitable organizations that work to protect women from sexual assault.