Yes, we’re doing this, Taylor Nation.
If there’s something that should be remembered from this trial, is that Taylor has not wavered on her position, her statements or her determination. If there’s something that the media always gets wrong about Taylor Swift, is that they imagine a meek, mild and shy girl barely able to speak up. The Sparkly Dressed can go on the defensive, sharp as a tack, when cornered.
I’m aware that the following comebacks or statements have already been compiled by such sites as Vulture and Glamour. I just need my own compilation here so there’s a place to find them if you’re ever looking for them again.
These are a compilation of Taylor Swift’s comebacks and statements during her cross-examination as she took the stand on August 10, 2017:
- Taylor had previously said she was distressed after the incident, but didn’t want the upset the other fans who had been waiting hours for the Meet & Greet. Mueller’s attorney, Gabe McFarland, suggests Taylor could’ve taken a break after the incident if she was distressed. Taylor’s reply was: “And your client could’ve taken a normal photo with me.”
- McFarland also tried to assign guilt to Taylor’s bodyguard, Greg Dent. Taylor responded with: “I’m critical of your client sticking his hand under my skirt and grabbing my ass.”
- McFarland pointed out Swift was closer to Shannon Melcher’s Mueller then girlfriend. At that point Taylor reminded the lawyer she’s not confused about who’s hand latched onto her: “Yes, she did not have her hand on my ass.”
- McFarland also stated there’s nothing explicitly obvious happening in the picture. Taylor said, “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.”
- McFarland also asked why Taylor’s skirt doesn’t show any signs of being displaced in the front. Taylor’s comeback: “Because my ass is located in the back of my body.”
- Regarding a statement by Mueller saying he made contact with what appeared to be a rib or the rib cage. Taylor’s reaction: “He did not touch my rib, he did not touch my hand, he grabbed my bare ass.”
- The defense asked if she was open to the possibility it wasn’t Mueller who supposedly grabbed her. Taylor’s reply: “He had a handful of my ass. I know it was him.”
- After McFarland asked why nobody else saw Mueller grabbing “a handful of ass” as Taylor herself had stated. Taylor’s reply: “The only person who would have a direct eye line is someone laying underneath my skirt, and we didn’t have anyone positioned there.”
- McFarland asked Taylor if she thinks Mueller got what he deserved. Taylor said: “I don’t feel anything about Mr. Mueller. I don’t know him.”
- McFarland asked Taylor if she had any feelings about Mueller losing his job because of the incident. Taylor’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.”
Now, some have said that these comebacks are a bit insolent to say in court. It’s being said another person on the stand would have come across as impertinent and disrespectful to the court. Arguably, only someone like Taylor Swift would get away with saying these, right? Not quite.
I’m going to argue a different counter point. Taylor Swift is a perceived pop star princess, millionaire, influential personality and popular celebrity who every brand would through its most lucrative deal to have her name and her face as the spokeswoman of their product. Taylor Swift could not have behaved any less than imposing while on the stand. She had to display emotion and defiance on the stand because she’s perceived as being Taylor Swift. Otherwise it would seem she’s playing the victim, regretting it or making it up. She wasn’t. She was showing restraint but at the same time, with a glint of fire in her eyes.
Taylor was already a victim of this man once. She was on the stand because she had no intention of being a victim again.
The judge has already thrown Mueller’s case against Taylor out of court. The jury will decide on the cases of Mueller against Andrea Swift and Frank Bell, radio manager, who Mueller also accuses of getting him fired. Taylor’s counter-suit for the symbolic amount of $1 will also be decided by jury. The court reconvenes on Monday, August 14.