Taylor Swift has spoken about her sexual assault trial, calling the experience "lonely" and "draining".
Appearing on the cover of Time magazine's Person of the Year issue and named of the "Silence Breakers" who influenced the #MeToo following the Hollywood sexual assault scandal, the 27-year-old described what it was like taking the stand against DJ David Mueller.
Taylor won her counter-suit against the America radio DJ earlier this year after he sexually assaulted her during a meet and greet during a meet and greet at one of her concerts in 2013.
Taylor Swift opened up about her sexual assault court case. Source: Getty
The singer appeared on the cover of Time magazine's Person of the Year. Source: Time
"When I testified, I had already been in court all week and had to watch this man's attorney bully, badger and harass my team including my mother over inane details and ridiculous minutiae, accusing them, and me, of lying," she said during her Time cover interview.
The Shake It Off singer added she felt "utterly defeat" during the case, right up until she won, with the judge ruling Mueller pay her the symbolic $1 she sued him for.
"Even when you win, even when you have the financial ability to defend yourself... there are still so many people who feel victimized, afraid and silenced by their abusers and circumstances," Taylor said before adding the DJ "to this day he has not paid me that... and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself."
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And while she may have found the trial a "lonely" experience, the singer adds she has been overwhelmed with the amount of support she has received from fans and revealed fellow singer Kesha, who also dealt with her own sexual assault case, reached out to her.
The photo which Taylor Swift argued shows David Mueller's sexual abuse. Source: TMZ
Taylor issued this statement following the verdict.
"People have been largely very supportive of my story since the trial began in August, but before that, I spent two years reading headlines referring to it as 'The Taylor Swift Butt Grab Case' with internet trolls making a joke about what happened to me,' she said of the lingering case," she said.
"The details were all skewed, as they often are. Most people thought I was suing him. There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when I was named as the defendant.
A court sketch artist depicts Taylor Swift at the trial. Source: SPLASH
"Once it hit the news that I was in Denver dealing with this, there was an outpouring of support on social media and I have never appreciated it more. I spoke to Kesha on the phone and it really helped to talk to someone who had been through the demoralizing court process."
Taylor appears on the latest issue of the magazine alongside other high-profile women who have spoken out against sexual harassment in Hollywood and joined the #MeToo cause including actress Ashley Judd, Uber engineer Susan Fowler, lobbyist Adama Iwu, and Mexican farm worker Isabel Pascual, who changed her name protect her identity.