DJ Accused Of Groping Taylor Swift Sends Singer Dollar Coin As Settlement

Carla Harmon
December 7, 2017

When Taylor Swift won a sexual assault and battery lawsuit earlier this year against former Denver radio DJ David Mueller-who was found to have reached under Swift's skirt and groped her butt at a 2013 meet-and-greet-the pop superstar asked only for a $1 settlement.

She reported the incident, Swift said, and Mueller's radio station conducted an investigation that ended with his termination.

For one, Swift pledged money to charities for sexual assault victims. Mueller, however, still hasn't paid up, an "act of defiance" Swift believes "is symbolic in itself".

Taylor was awarded a symbolic $1 in damages following the court battle - but she still hasn't received it and she thinks that was a deliberate gesture from Mueller.

Mueller intended the coin to be one last attempt to insult the singer, after she called the case a 'win for all women'.

Taylor Swift is known for having a squad of friends to support her, and when it came to having to testify against the man who allegedly groped her, she leaned on someone who had been through the trial process before: Kesha. The #MeToo movement, after all, started with a black woman - and detractors have always said Swift stands mostly for white feminism, or feminism that's convenient for her.

The interview also has Swift sharing advice for anyone who has experienced this kind of abuse: "You could be blamed for the fact that it happened, for reporting it and blamed for how you reacted".

So it's wrong to say Swift's encounter with harassment is somehow less significant than what others have suffered, and it's wrong to say her stand against assault didn't matter.

"I chose to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened". She said that she was told afterwards that her testimony was the most times the word "ass" had been used in a Colorado court.

Swift said that "this moment is important for awareness", but even "though awareness is higher than ever about workplace sexual harassment, there are still so many people who feel victimized, afraid and silenced by their abusers and circumstances". But there's a disturbing dissonance between bemoaning to Time that "society has made this stuff so casual" and toeing the line around a man who bragged about grabbing women by the genitals and then wrote it off as "locker-room talk". "This man hadn't considered any formalities when he assaulted me".

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