According to her attorney, J. Douglas Baldrige, the lawsuit is not about the money, it is about proving a point.
"She's just trying to tell people out there that you can say no when someone puts their hand on you," Baldridge said. "Grabbing a woman's rear end is an assault, and it's always wrong. Any woman—rich, poor, famous, or not—is entitled to have that not happen."
If she wins the suit, Swift plans to donate any additional damages she may be rewarded to causes "dedicated to protecting women from similar acts of sexual assault and personal disregard." In her countersuit, Swift said that she hopes this trial will "serve as an example to other women who may resist publicly reliving similar outrageous and humiliating acts."
When Mueller's attorney, Gabe McFarland, cross-examined Swift, she was direct, stern and never veered off-course. Here are 10 of the most powerful comebacks that she had in court. If you already love Swift, you will adore her and respect her even more once you read how she held herself on the stand.
Swift had previously said that she was distressed by the incident but carried on with the meet-and-greet anyway. McFarland suggested that Swift could have taken a break from the meet-and-greet if she was so shaken up by the alleged incident.
Swift's reply: “Your client could have taken a normal photo with me.”
McFarland suggested Swift’s bodyguard, Greg Dent, would have intervened if that happened. Vogue reported that the lawyer then asked Swift if she was “critical of Dent” for not preventing the alleged incident.
Swift's reply: “I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.”
McFarland argued that he can’t see anything visibly inappropriate happening in the photo.
Swift's reply: “Gabe, this is a photo of him with his hand up my skirt—with his hand on my ass. You can ask me a million questions—I’m never going to say anything different. I never have said anything different.”
According to Rolling Stone, at one point Mueller stated: "My hand came into contact with part of her body. I felt what appeared to be a rib cage or rib. … And it went behind her, and her hand, or arm, went behind my arm."
Swift's reply: “He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand, he grabbed my bare ass."
We think he knows the difference between a rib cage, a hang, and a bare ass.
McFarland asked Swift if she had any feelings about Mueller losing his job because of the incident.
Swift's reply: "I’m not going to let you or your client make me feel in any way that this is my fault. Here we are years later, and I’m being blamed for the unfortunate events of his life that are the product of his decisions—not mine.”
This statement above is exactly why Swift is being so public about the incident. Kudos to Swift for putting herself out there in the hopes to raise awareness and to help protect women all over the world who have been sexually assaulted.
The case against her was thrown out when the judge ruled that Swift was not guilty of any wrongdoing against Mueller.