Taylor Swift Describes the Anger She Felt During Her Sexual Assault Trial

Taylor Swift opens up about her sexual assault trial for the first time since winning her $1 countersuit in August

It's been four months since Taylor Swift won a landmark court victory and a symbolic $1 in the case of whether an ex-radio DJ grabbed her rear end in 2013. After Swift complained, Mueller was sacked, but he then retaliated and sued Swift for damages, asking for millions of dollars in retribution.

Asked about what message she'd like to give to her fans having learned from her ordeal, Swift replied: "I would tell people who find themselves in this situation that there is a great deal of blame placed on the victims in cases of sexual harassment and assault".

On Wednesday morning, Time announced their annual "Person of the Year", but instead of honoring one individual, the magazine named "The Silence Breakers", women who have come together in to fight and speak out against sexual harassment scandals in 2017, as the "People of the Year". It wasn't about the money; for Tay, that dollar symbolizes how women "can always say no".

But despite the bad blood between Swift and Kardashian, Taylor still hopes that she and all the others who have come forward about sexual harassment this year have helped to make a difference. A federal jury in Denver ruled for Swift.

"I was angry", Swift said, then added about her blunt testimony that ultimately went viral, "Why should I be polite?"

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Like numerous women interviewed for the 2017 Person of the Year issue, Swift would not accept blame for the abuse she experienced.

As for the future, Swift feels strongly that the moment we're in, while important, isn't over yet. Additionally, Swift revealed that when she first reported the story to the station, the company fired him after conducting their investigation. "I figured that if he would be brazen enough to assault me under these risky circumstances and high stakes, imagine what he might do to a vulnerable, young artist if given the chance", she told TIME.

When Taylor went to court, she and those supporting her in the case (including her mother) were accused of lying. Two years later, he sued her as a result.

"In that moment, I chose to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened", Swift said of her own testimony. "This man hadn't considered any formalities when he assaulted me". But on August 14, a jury ruled against him and ordered him to pay the $1 Swift had sought as a symbolic penalty. "The image that you see partially on the cover is of a woman we talked to, a hospital worker in the middle of the country, who doesn't feel like she can come forward without threatening her livelihood", he continued.

"My advice is that you do not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you", Swift said. "You could be blamed for the fact that it happened, for reporting it and blamed for how you reacted", she said. Her straightforward testimony was lauded by many for its fierceness.

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