- Taylor Swift told The Guardian she has security cameras pointed at her butt during meet-and-greets with fans.
- “If something happens again, we can prove it with video footage from every angle,” she said.
- Swift successfuly sued radio DJ David Mueller for sexual assault in 2017 after she reported him for putting his hand up her dress at a meet-and-greet event.
- When asked during the trial if she had seen the incident, she said no, “because my arse is in the back of my body.”
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Taylor Swift is determined nobody will ever get away with groping her again.
The pop star, whose new album leaked early last week, recently told The Guardian that she even has security cameras deliberately pointed at her lower half during meet-and-greets so that “if something happens again, we can prove it with video footage from every angle.”
The statement refers to Swift’s appearance in court in August 2017 to prosecute a sexual assault claim against radio DJ David Mueller.
Mueller was fired in 2013 after Swift reported him for putting his hand up her dress at a meet-and-greet event. He sued her for $US3 million for defamation in 2015, and she countersued him for sexual assault a month later.
The singer told The Guardian that “something snapped” in her during the trial – when asked if she had seen the incident, she said no, “because my arse is in the back of my body.”
“You’re supposed to behave yourself in court and say ‘rear end,'” she said. “The other lawyer was saying, ‘When did he touch your backside?’ And I was like, ‘ARSE! Call it what it is!'”
Swift eventually won the case, asking Mueller for just one dollar with a promise to donate money “to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims defend themselves.”
However, she told The Guardian: “Even this case was literally twisted so hard that people were calling it the ‘butt-grab case.’ They were saying I sued him because there’s this narrative that I want to sue everyone. That was one of the reasons why the summer was the apocalypse.”
Shortly after she won the case, the allegations about Harvey Weinstein came out, and so began the #MeToo movement.
However, Swift said this was the only experience she’s had with assault.
“I’m really lucky that it hadn’t happened to me before,” she said. “But that was one of the reasons it was so traumatising. I just didn’t know that could happen. It was really brazen, in front of seven people.”
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