Pop singer Taylor Swift's trial has begun: She's accusing radio host David Mueller of sexual assault during an incident which allegedly occurred backstage at a concert.
A report from People explains the goings-on of the trial, during which Swift's mother could be seen getting emotional and tearing up over details of the case.
Swift's attorney Douglas Baldridge said that the Swift was “taking a stand for all women” and that “this is a case of sexual assault in the workplace.”
“A woman is assaulted. She reports it and she gets sued … it doesn’t make sense,” added Baldridge, referring to the suits taken out by Mueller after he was accused and, subsequently, fired from his job. “She’s trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone grabs you no matter who they are.”
During Mueller's statements, Swift's mother Andrea became visibly tearful. Swift, however, was described as "stoic" and politely acknowledged fans who came to support her in the courtroom gallery. She occaisionally wrote out notes to pass to her lawyers.
"My hand came into contact with a part of her body… what seemed to be a ribcage or ribs,” claimed Mueller when examined.
Mueller added that it was a “humiliating thing to be accused of something that despicable” when asked if he had countersued Swift for financial gain.
Swift is notably only asking for a $1 verdict because she is “not trying to bankrupt this man.”
“She’s trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you,” added Swift’s counsel. “Grabbing a woman’s rear end is an assault, and it’s always wrong. Any woman — rich, poor, famous or not — is entitled to not have that happen.”
Swift plans on donating any money awarded to her to “charitable organizations dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard.” She is expected to take the stand at some point in the near future.
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