Taylor Swift was apparently groped by a fan during a meet-and-greet back in 2013, and the legal battle has been going on ever since. The pop star has made some headway recently, however.
On Friday, a judge granted her the right to seal a photo that’s being used as evidence of the case. The picture shows a man with his hand up Swift’s skirt, and she’s been trying to keep that photo from getting out to the public for obvious reasons.
Taylor Swift herself appeared in a deposition, which was recorded and then transcribed.
“Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over, it was still there,” she said. “It was completely intentional. I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.”
She added that the emotions that went along with the situation were horrible to work through.
“I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before. A meet-and-greet is supposed to be a situation where you’re thanking people for coming, you’re supposed to be welcoming people into your home, which is the arena for that day,” she said. “And for someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned.”
Believe it or not, the groper is the one that initially sued. He claims he lost his job because of Taylor Swift’s allegations. Swift countersued, alleging battery and assault.
Taylor Swift would ultimately like this to go to a jury, according to E! News. She plans to donate any proceeds from the lawsuit to a charity that aids in protecting women from assault.