Taylor Swift reflected on the one-year anniversary of her assault and battery countersuit against radio DJ David Mueller by offering support to the people out there “who weren’t believed” when they shared their stories of sexual assault.
While on stage in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday night as part of her Reputation tour, the 28-year-old singer held back tears as she opened up about the 2017 groping trial.
“A year ago I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa, I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado,” Swift began. “This is the day the jury sided in my favour and said that they believed me.”
“I guess I just think about all the people that weren’t believed and the people who haven’t been believed, and the people who are afraid to speak up because they think they won’t be believed,” Swift said.
She continued: “I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if somebody didn’t believe me when I said something had happened to me.”
“So I just wanted to say we have so much further to go, and I’m so grateful to you guys for being there for me for what was really a horrible part of my life,” Swift said as the audience cheered.