Former radio DJ David Mueller said she didn't choose to take the stand, she was forced to.
The man Taylor Swift successfully sued for sexual assault has spoken out against the singer, saying she’s not the hero the media is making her out to be.
Taylor Swift won her court battle against former radio DJ David Mueller, who sued the singer after she accused him of groping her at a concert in 2013, during a meet-and-greet.
Swift was named by Time magazine as one of their ‘People Of The Year 2018′, for taking the stand during the case, and she was listed as one of ‘The Silence Breakers’ who blew the whistle on systemic sexual assault.
Speaking to TMZ, Mueller says Time magazine only featured her case to sell copies.
“I don’t have a feeling one way or another if she’s on a magazine – she’s always on magazines,” he says in a video interview.
“If somebody wants to make a connection between my lawsuit – I sued her, that’s the thing – if they want to make a connection between my lawsuit and these other cases where women are saying that they got assaulted, I get it, ‘cos it’s a magazine, they’re trying to sell stuff.”
He goes to say she’s no hero for taking the stand as it wasn’t her choice – she legally had to: “Do I think she’s a hero? She testified her in court because the judge ordered her to.
“And when I hear her attorney talk about it or her talk about it they make it seem like it was her choice to testify and actually her attorney tried like hell to get all my claims thrown out – they weren’t – I never wanted to settle for money, I wanted to clear my name, I wanted to be able to tell my side of the story.
“And then the judge ordered her to appear in court. First he ordered he to sit down for a video deposition, then her people tried to get her video deposition used in court and the judge said no you have to be there in Denver and you have to testify on the stand.
“So that’s why she did it. what could she do? Say no?”
He also explains why he paid the singer with a $1 Sacagawea coin, which Associated Press previously reported was: “a final jab at the singer in a case her side called a win for all women”.
He claims he actually did it because he cares about women.
“The first thing that popped in my head was, ‘I want women to have a voice too’,” he says in the video.
“So it would make sense if the symbolic dollar was a $1 Sacagawea coin because I had read an article online about this problem – there’s a crisis – there’s a disproportionate number of native American women that are mysteriously disappearing and found murdered in north America, and it’s not getting reported.
“And everybody made it seem like I was making fun of Taylor Swift and I wasn’t. The point I was trying to make was that men can care about women too.”
Despite losing the lawsuit, Mueller maintains that he never grabbed her.
Taylor Swift has since shared support and advice for fellow victims of sexual assault.