Taylor Swift Breaks Down On Stage On Anniversary Of Sexual Assault Case
It's been one year since the verdict.
One year on, Taylor Swift has given an emotional speech to fans on the anniversary of the sexual assault trial verdict.
During her performance in Tampa, Florida, for her Reputation tour, the 28-year-old was close to tears discussing the incident, which occurred during a pre-concert meet-and-greet when she was just 23.
“A year ago I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado,” Swift began. “This is the day the jury sided in my favour 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,” Swift continued.
“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.”
“So I just wanted to say we have so much further to go, and I’m so grateful to you guys for being there for me for what was really a horrible part of my life,” Swift said as fans cheered.
“I wanted to thank you for just kind of… I mean I know when I meet you guys at meet-and-greets and after the shows, you guys tell me about the hard times that you’ve gone through in your lives and I really appreciate you trusting me with that information.
“And you know you guys have seen me go through so many ups and downs in my life just due to the public nature of the way my life is, and I just 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,” she added before going on with the show.
Following her brave speech, audience members held up $1 bills -- the amount she was awarded following the case against former radio host David Mueller.
After a six-day trial in civil court this time last year, the judge ruled that Mueller was guilty of assault and battery after he grabbed her backside during a meet-and-greet at the Pepsi Centre in June 2013.
Mueller originally sued Swift following the incident, claiming he lost his job as a result of the event.
“I want to thank Judge William J. Martinez and the jury for their careful consideration, my attorneys Doug Baldridge, Danielle Foley, Jay Schaudies and Katie Wright for fighting for me and anyone who feels silenced by sexual assault,” Swift told PEOPLE following the trial.
“I acknowledge the privilege that I benefit from in life, in society and in my ability to shoulder the enormous cost of defending myself in a trial like this. My hope is to help those whose voices should also be heard. Therefore, I will be making donations in the near future to multiple organizations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”