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The man who was accused of sexual assault by Taylor Swift says that 'she is not a hero'

We thought we had heard the last of David Mueller.

Capital's Jingle Bell Ball 2017 - Day Two - O2 Arena - London Source: Isabel Infantes

BACK IN AUGUST, Taylor Swift was pretty busy in a civil case.

The singer had been groped by a radio host named David Mueller while at a meet-and-greet in June 2013. After the incident, Mueller’s boss caught wind of his highly inappropriate behaviour and fired him. He lost his €130,000 salary as a result of this.

The assault was captured in a photograph of the meet-and-greet and Mueller attempted to use it in court to defend himself, while he sued Swift for €2,227,000 in damages.

Mueller was then counter-sued by Taylor Swift who won the case, with the judge stating that considering the evidence, there’s no evidence to prove that Taylor Swift got David Mueller fired.

Capital's Jingle Bell Ball 2017 - Day Two - O2 Arena - London Source: Isabel Infantes

That was the first we all heard of Mueller, and most of us expected it to be the last.

However, he’s back. In a bizarre rant posted by TMZ, he insists that Taylor Swift is ‘not a hero’, despite the fact that many people had expressed that they admired her courage to stand up for herself against someone who had assaulted her and then attempted to profit off of the incident.

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The ex-radio host criticises Swift’s involvement with the Time magazine person of the year photoshoot:

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, it’s a magazine, they’re trying to sell stuff.

Mueller then asked himself “Do I think she’s a hero?” Go on. Guess his answer.

He says that she’s not a hero, due to the fact she only testified because the judge ordered her to. However, he seems to ignore the fact that the judge did not order her to counter sue him, which she did for the sum of $1 (to make a point).

When I hear her attorney talk about it, or her talk about it, they make it seem like she made a choice.

He at the end of the video, he comes to a strange conclusion – he says the point he was trying to make was that “men can care about women too.”

B96 Pepsi Jingle Bash 2017 in Rosemont Source: Daniel DeSlover

Of course there are plenty of valid arguments to be made for and against Taylor Swift’s inclusion on the Time cover. Some people feel there is no comparing Taylor Swift to the women who broke the silence in Hollywood. Others think it’s heartening to see her success in counter-suing her attacker, believing it will encourage others to do so too.

Regardless of what you think, you can probably agree that Mueller’s opinion is the last one you need to hear on this subject.

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