Swift vs Mueller 2017

Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s court case over David Mueller after an alleged sexual assault, in which he groped her under her skirt, came to a satisfying end today.

The Jury found that he had assaulted her at a meet-and-greet back in 2013. Swift’s bodyguard testified that he had witnessed Mueller, an ex-radio DJ for KYGO station, had, in fact, put his hand up her skirt. He now has to pay a seemingly insignificant fee of $1 (equal to 77p) in damages to Swift. However, the results are much more far-reaching, due to the damage of Mueller’s reputation and his dismissal a few days after the assault took place. Mr Mueller had tried to sue Swift and her mother, Andrea, claiming that their accusations were false, and interfered with his relationship with the radio station.

What is important to take from this is the fact that Taylor Swift took this to court entirely through principal, rather than unnecessary financial gain. She did this 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.” I think we can all admire her intentions for doing this, as it shows that this kind of behaviour is completely unacceptable, and often goes unreported, perhaps because people are afraid to speak out about it publicly. Ke$ha’s latest album Rainbow is a reflection of her own experience of sexual assault with her producer, showing how significant a problem this really is.  What ever you think of Swift, I think it’s important to appreciate that she is using her public profile for the greater good, as sexual harassment cases are too-often overlooked.