Taylor Swift's 'TIME' Person Of The Year Quotes About Her Harassment Will Enrage You
TIME's Person of the Year was announced on Wednesday, Dec. 6, and this year's recipients are "The Silence Breakers," aka the women who came forward with their stories of sexual harassment and assault throughout this year. Some of the women made waves in the #MeToo campaign, while others, such as Taylor Swift, are included for speaking out against harassment in legal ways. Taylor Swift's TIME Person of the Year quotes about harassment shine a brighter light on the legal battle she went through earlier this year after a man allegedly groped her. The quotes will make you feel sad that it happened, but also empowered by her response to it.
Swift was in an intense legal battle over the summer after Denver DJ David Mueller sued her for millions in damages after he was fired from his job. Swift and Mueller had posed for a picture together once when Mueller allegedly put his hand up Swift's skirt and grabbed her butt, after which she complained and Mueller was fired from his job. The lawsuit made national headlines after the transcript of Swift's testimony was released. She said to Mueller's lawyer during her testimony, "I'm not going to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault. I'm being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions. Not mine." In one of the most memorable moments of the case, Swift countersued Mueller for only $1, and she won.
Swift was praised for sticking to her guns during the lawsuit and setting an example for women that inspires them to hold their ground and not be made to feel bad for the condemnable actions of men. In her Person of the Year interview with TIME, she said she felt it was important to try to set this precedent so other female artists in the music industry will be able to protect themselves. She said,
Swift's full description of how the lawsuit came to pass is pretty heartbreaking.
She told TIME,
One of the worst parts of Swift's story is the fact that Mueller still hasn't paid her that $1. Yeah, the man can't even give her a court-ordered dollar. Swift doesn't seem too bothered by it, as she prefers to focus on the wave of women bringing their stories to light. She said,
UPDATE: According to E!, Mueller said on Wednesday, Dec. 6 that he did send the dollar to Swift. He reportedly sent it on Nov. 28 and also provided proof of payment to the Associated Press.
EARLIER: Other people included in TIME's Person of the Year story are Rose McGowan, who came forward with her story of sexual harassment and assault involving Harvey Weinstein; Ashley Judd, who is also one of Weinstein's accusers; Terry Crews, who came forward with his own story of sexual assault; and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, who helped shed light on sexual harassment at Uber. Donald Trump was the runner-up. Can't wait to see those tweets.