If you are familiar with all of the hidden messages in Taylor's legendary "Look What You Made Me Do" music video, then you may know the significance of the single dollar bill floating in the bathtub of riches she sits in.
Two years after his firing, Mueller sued not only Swift, but her mother and her radio liaison.
Swift told Time she became angry as she watched Mueller's attorney "bully, badger and harass" her mother, who felt so "physically ill" after a cross-examination that she couldn't return to court when her daughter took the stand.
Quotes from Swift's clear-eyed testimony soon hit the Internet, and people were quick to laud her for being so unwavering.
During her court proceedings, Taylor turned to the "Rainbow" singer, who is now embroiled in her own legal battle against her former producer Dr. Luke, whom she claims sexually assaulted and emotionally abused her.
Swift also spoke of the support she received during and after the trial, especially from public figures. In August, the trial's eight-person jury unanimously found Mueller guilty of assault and battery. The pop star said she chatted with Kesha, a musician who's had a long legal battle with alleged abuser Dr. Luke, about her situation, and it "really helped to talk to someone who had been through the demoralizing court process", Swift said. Following the incident, Swift reached out to Mueller's employee and he was ultimately fired.
Mueller originally sued Swift for $3.4 million in a defamation suit after the "Bad Blood" singer called the former Colorado DJ out for grabbing her backside during a photo op in 2013. "You might be made to feel like you're overreacting, because society has made this stuff seem so casual".
"In that moment, I chose to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened", she continued. She didn't countersue Mueller for the money, but to give sexual assault survivors who aren't as powerful as her a voice. "This man hadn't considered any formalities when he assaulted me, and his lawyer didn't hold back on my mom-why should I be polite?" she explained. "My advice is that you not blame yourself and do not accept the blame others will try to place on you", she said.
I think that this moment is important for awareness, for how parents are talking to their children, and how victims are processing their trauma, whether it be new or old. "And it began with individual acts of courage by hundreds of women - and men too - who came forward to tell their own stories of sexual harassment and assault", Time's editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said on Today. Going to court to confront this type of behavior is a lonely and draining experience, even when you win, even when you have the financial ability to defend yourself.
This interview has been edited and condensed.