Last night, singer Taylor Swift became emotional while reflecting on her 2017 groping trial.
At the Tampa stop of her Reputation tour, Swift told fans, “A year ago, I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado. This is the day the jury sided in my favor 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,” Taylor went on. “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.”
The 28-year-old showed some appreciation to her fans for being by her side, saying, “I’m so grateful to you guys for being there for me for what was really a horrible part of my life. 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.”
After her speech, many took out $1 bills and held them in the air, referencing the amount she was awarded in her groping case against DJ Mueller.
The case revolved around a 2013 meet-and-greet in Denver. Swift alleged that Mueller grabbed her bare buttocks under her skirt during a photo op, which he denied. Days after the alleged incident, Mueller was fired from his on-air gig at KYGO radio station.
He went on to sue Taylor for defamation and $3 million in damages; Swift countersued for assault, battery, and a symbolic $1. The jury ruled in Swift's favor.