“I felt violated in a way I had never experienced before.”
by Danielle Sinay
In June 2013, Taylor Swift was inappropriately grabbed by Denver Radio DJ David Mueller during a meet-and-greet. Two days later, he was fired – then took the opportunity not to consider his actions, but sue Taylor for the punishment he deserved.
Taylor has since countersued, saying that “intentionally reached under her skirt, and groped with his hand an intimate part of her body in an inappropriate manner, against her will, and without her permission.”
She described the incident in detail during her deposition last July, of which the transcript has now been released:
“Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he 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,” she explains. ”It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.”
She continued that David Mueller made her feel “violated in a way I had never experienced before.”
“A meet-and-greet is supposed to be a situation where you’re thanking people for coming, you’re supposed to be welcoming people into your home, which is the arena for that day, and for someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned,” she continued.
Fortunately, last Friday, a judge made the decision to seal a photo of her and the alleged groper, a photo that seems to back up her description of the incident.
In a true Taylor fashion, she’s managed to turn her traumatic experience into a positive one. She plans on donating any money she wins from the case to charities “dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard,” which is pretty awesome, TBH.
Remember: inappropriate touching or groping is never okay. If you’ve experienced any physical contact you’re uncomfortable with, say something, and talk to someone about it. You’re not alone, and it’s not your fault.
We’re wishing you the best, Taylor! Thanks for doing what’s right.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can seek help by calling the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).