“A year ago, I was not playing in a stadium in Tampa. I was in a courtroom in Denver, Colorado,” Swift, 28, told the crowd Tuesday. “This is the day the jury sided in my favor and said that they believed me."
She continued, fighting tears, “I just wanted to say I’m sorry to anyone who ever wasn’t believed because I don’t know what turn my life would have taken if somebody didn’t believe me when I said something had happened to me."
Former radio host David Mueller sued Swift and her mother, claiming allegations that he had grabbed her bare bottom during a 2013 meet-and-greet had cost him his job. Swift counter-sued and won, with the jury giving her the token $1 in damages she had sought.
The now-famous photo showed Swift, Mueller and his-then girlfriend Shannon Melcher at a 2013 event. He claimed he merely jostled the celebrity while leaning in for the picture.
“This was not jostling,” the singer testified last year. “He did not touch my rib. He did not touch my arm. He grabbed my bare ass.”
Speaking Tuesday, Swift thanked her fans for bearing with her.
“I know when I meet you guys at meet-and-greets and after the shows, you guys tell me about the hard times that you’ve gone through in your lives and I really appreciate you trusting me with that information," Swift added.
After the emotional remarks, fans held $1 bills aloft as Swift played on.