Taylor Swift Marks Sexual Assault Verdict Anniversary With Emotional Speech [Watch]
On the anniversary of winning a landmark sexual assault case in Denver, Taylor Swift took time to talk about all of the victims whose stories weren't believed.
During a concert in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday (Aug. 14), Swift spoke and then sang as her loyal fans waved symbolic dollar bills in the air. On social media prior to the show, Swifties mobilized, planning to commemorate the anniversary by waving one-dollar bills to remember the one-dollar sexual assault verdict against former Denver radio deejay David Mueller.
The verdict came on Aug. 14, 2017 and followed four years of legalities and a very public court case that found Swift emphatically describing how Mueller reached under her skirt during a meet and greet and grabbed her bare bottom.
"This exact day a year ago, I was not playing a sold-out stadium in Tampa," an emotional Swift told the crowd from behind the piano at Raymond James Stadium. "I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado. And honestly, I was there for a sexual assault case. This day a year ago was the day that the jury sided in my favor and said that they believe me."
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The Tampa Bay Times notes how Swift's out-of-character speech was the highlight of an otherwise dynamic and energetic Reputation Tour stop:
"I guess I just think about all the people that weren't believed, and the people who haven't been believed, or the people who are afraid to speak up because they're afraid they won't be believed. 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 people didn't believe me when I said that something had happened to me."
Fans waved dollar bills during "Long Live," a song Swift says reminds her to "remember this moment in the back of my mind." Fans had also planned to wave dollar bills during "New Year's Day."
Swift has said relatively little about the case in the 12 months since the verdict, and she admitted she wasn't composed while speaking about it on Tuesday (Aug. 14). She did thank fans for helping her through a horrible period of her life. During the trial, they gathered outside the courtroom, supported her on social media and made signs that hung from nearby businesses in Denver. The case laid more groundwork for the #MeToo movement that found dozens of celebrities and millions of Americans coming forward with stories of sexual assault.
Mueller continues to deny the allegations, often defiantly. In paying his one-dollar fine, he sent Swift a Sacagawea coin. He now works at Kix 92.7 in Greenwood, Miss.
See some of Swift's online supporters below.
Taylor Swift fans in Tampa hold up $1 bills to support abuse survivors