Love her or not, Taylor Swift has become a hero for women everywhere this week with her handling of the recent alleged groping case that was brought against her by Colorado disc jockey David Mueller.

The alleged incident happened at a meet-and-greet for fans. Mueller and his girlfriend, Shannon Melcher posed for a photo with Taylor and according to the star, while the pic was being taken, he reached up her skirt and grabbed her butt. Taylor had him removed and reported him to his employer, and he was sacked two days later.

Mueller sued because he said he never touched Taylor’s butt, that she lied, and that he lost his job and reputation. He asked for $3 million in damages. Taylor countersued for assault, asking for $1 and an opportunity to “serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts.”

Taylor wanted the picture kept out of the press, but TMZ published it anyway. In the picture, his hand sure looks like its headed South, but Meuller claimed that he was touching her ribs. He said that he jumped into the photo at the last second and may have accidentally “jostled” Taylor.

Taylor said that she was abolutely certain that he grabbed her “This is what happened, it happened to me, I know it was him,” she said, adding, “He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand, he grabbed my bare ass.”

She refused to accept that it was an accident,  “I want to be very clear — there’s been a lot of talk about diving and jostling and sliding into the frame,” she said. “I have experienced every degree of an awkward first encounter … you think it’s a high-five and they think it’s a handshake, and they say, ‘Oh, sorry’ and you say, ‘Oh, it’s fine.’”

“We were in position to take a photo,” she continued. “It’s very simple: You just stand there, and you take a photo. This wasn’t an action shot.”

This trial is important because it raises the issue of womans bodies, and who has the right to touch them, whether famous or not. Taylor’s reason for countersuing is to use her platform to make it easier for other women to punish men who assume they have a right to touch them without permission. It can’t have been easy for Taylor, but she stood her ground. GQ magazine said “she dropped the mic so hard it fell through the f**king floor.”
Here are some of her highlights….
  • When Mueller’s lawyer suggested that Swift should be critical of her bodyguard for failing to protect her from being groped: “I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.”
  • When asked for her reaction on learning that Mueller was fired: “I’m not going to allow you or your client to make me feel in any way that this is my fault, because it isn’t. … I am being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are a product of his decisions and not mine.”
  • When Mueller’s lawyer suggested that if she was so traumatized by the incident, she could have ended the meet-and-greet: “And your client could have taken a normal photo with me.”
  • Responding to Mueller’s description of her as “cold:” “Which is a new one for me, but I have an uncanny ability to elicit new criticism.”
  • And in conclusion: “Gabe [Mueller’s attorney], this is a photo of him with his hand up my skirt — with his hand on my ass. You can ask me a million questions — I’m never going to say anything different. I never have said anything different.”

The judge threw out Meullers claim yesterday, but the case continues.


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