Taylor Swift Profiled By 'Time' After #MeToo Movement Named Person of the Year

Taylor Swift Profiled By 'Time' After #MeToo Movement Named Person of the Year

Time‘s Person of the Year for 2017 is the “silence breakers” – aka those who have come forward as part of the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct – and Taylor Swift is one of those being profiled.

If you don’t know, the 27-year-old entertainer was taken to court by a radio DJ after she came forward that he groped her during a photo opp.

“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. My mom was so upset after her cross-examination, she was physically too ill to come to court the day I was on the stand. I was angry,” Taylor said. “In that moment, I decided to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened. This man hadn’t considered any formalities when he assaulted me, and his lawyer didn’t hold back on my mom—why should I be polite? I’m told it was the most amount of times the word ‘ass’ has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court.”

Taylor then gave advice to people who may be in a similar situation as she was. “My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you. You should not be blamed for waiting 15 minutes or 15 days or 15 years to report sexual assault or harassment, or for the outcome of what happens to a person after he or she makes the choice to sexually harass or assault you,” Taylor said.

In addition, Taylor revealed she never did receive the money she was awarded from the courts – a symbolic one dollar.

“When the jury found in my favor, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1. To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself,” she said.

The full article is on newsstands December 8.

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