Taylor Swift Makes Emotional Speech On One Year Anniversary Of Sexual Assault Verdict
The singer was awarded a symbolic $1 after a jury ruled that she was groped by a former radio host.
Taylor Swift has made an emotional speech on the one-year anniversary of a jury ruling that she was sexually assaulted by former radio host David Mueller during a 2013 fan meet and greet.
The 28-year-old addressed the crowd during her Reputation concert in Tampa, Florida, and gave a special thanks to the people who were there for her during a “really horrible part” of her life.
“A year ago I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado. Honestly, I was there for a sexual assault case. And this day a year ago is day the jury sided in my favor and said that they believed me.”
“I guess I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who haven’t been believed, and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed,” she said.
“I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if somebody didn’t believe me when I said something had happened to me.”
Taylor concluded: “I wanted to say that I’m so happy to see you and to have you and know you through the ups and the downs in my life… Sorry I just haven’t really talked about it, and so I’m just not composed at all.”
During the show, fans in the audience held up $1 bills to reflect the amount of money Taylor was awarded in the case when the verdict initially came through.