"I was angry", she said of the moment she took the stand.
"My advice [to sexual assault survivors] is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you", she said. She reported the incident to the station where he worked, and he was then fired. In the end, she brings it back to Mueller, and her legal winnings: that lone dollar a Denver court ordered her abuser to pay her has yet to materialize. "The courageous women and men who have come forward this year have all moved the needle in terms of letting people know that this abuse of power shouldn't be tolerated", she added. She was honoured alongside Tarana Burke, Ashley Judd, Susan Fowler, Adama Iwu, Isabel Pascual, Terry Crews, Rose McGowan and more.
When Swift and Mueller's legal proceedings were in the national spotlight, Tay turned to Kesha - who's now involved her own lengthy legal battle against her former producer, Dr. Luke, whom she alleges sexually assaulted and emotionally abused her - for help. It wasn't about the money; for Tay, that dollar symbolizes how women "can always say no".
Swift goes on to talk about how Mueller didn't consider "formalities" while grabbing her, so she made a decision to be blunt on the stand, adding, "his lawyer didn't hold back on my mom - why should I be polite?" You could be blamed for the fact that it happened, for reporting it and blamed for how you reacted. Two years later, Mueller brought a $3 million suit against the singer for defamation. This man hadn't considered any formalities when we assaulted me, and his lawyer didn't hold back on my mom - why should I be polite?
"I think that this moment is important for awareness", Swift continued, "for how parents are talking to their children, and how victims are processing their trauma, whether it be new or old".
Quotes from Swift's clear-eyed testimony soon hit the Internet, and people were quick to laud her for being so unwavering.
"Even though awareness is higher than ever about workplace sexual harassment, there are still so many people who feel victimised, afraid and silenced by their abusers and circumstances".
As for Swift's advice to fans in the aftermath of her trail, she wants those who are abused to know that it's fine for them to come to terms with their assault at their own pace. As she explained, confronting Mueller about his inappropriate behavior was "a lonely and draining experience", despite her court win against him.
"I want to thank Judge William J Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by a sexual assault, and especially anyone who offered their support throughout this four-year ordeal and two-year long trial process", said Swift in a statement after the trial.
This interview has been edited and condensed.