On August 14 of last year, former radio DJ David Mueller was found guilty of groping Taylor Swift during a 2014 pre-concert meet-and-greet in Denver. After a lengthy litigation process — which involved Swift countersuing Mueller for a symbolic $1, after his initial lawsuit alleged that her sexual assault claims cost him his job at a radio station — the judge officially dismissed Mueller's case. At the time, Swift offered a prepared statement to thank the judge and her lawyers for "fighting" for her and other sexual assault survivors in the courtroom. But Tuesday night, during a stop on her Reputation tour on the anniversary of her winning verdict, Swift spoke more explicitly about her trial.
“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,” Swift said during a Reputation tour stop, according to People. “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."
She continued, holding back tears: “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."
People notes that when Taylor was speaking about her sexual assault, several fans held up $1 bills around the stadium to show their support.