In the aftermath of Taylor Swift‘s sexual assault case, she’s reflecting on her testimony against former DJ David Mueller as part of Time magazine’s annual “Person of the Year” issue. The 27-year-old pop star accused the Denver radio personality of groping her during a 2013 meet-and-greet — which resulted in him losing his job. After suing her for millions, she filed a countersuit… and won.
“People have been largely very supportive of my story since the trial began in August, but before that, I spent two years reading headlines referring to it as ‘The Taylor Swift Butt Grab Case’ with Internet trolls making a joke about what happened to me,” she explains in an interview with the mag. “The details were all skewed, as they often are. Most people thought I was suing him. There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when I was named as the defendant.”
There was definitely a mixed reaction to seeing the blonde beauty on the cover. One Twitter user wrote, “Did we really need Taylor Swift in here though?” But fellow star Sophie Turner (who’s engaged to Tay’s ex-boyfriend, Joe Jonas) came to her defense, simply tweeting, “Yes.”
“I think that this moment is important for awareness, for how parents are talking to their children, and how victims are processing their trauma, whether it be new or old,” the singer shares of the #MeToo movement. “The brave 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.”