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Taylor Swift Adds Feminist Clout to Her Ongoing Sexual Assault Case

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Taylor Swift hired a gender studies professor to support her claims of a 2013 sexual assault

Taylor Swift is not mucking around when it comes to her ongoing legal issues surrounding her alleged sexual assault at one of her concerts in 2013. In the original case, Swift alleged that David Mueller inappropriately touched her backside while they posed with Mueller's girlfriend for a photo at one of Swift's shows. Swift has been for the most part quietly battling Mueller in court over the alleged assault.

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Now, Swift has hired a gender studies professor in her ongoing sexual assault case against the DJ. It would appear that in order for Swift to strengthen her case against him, she has brought on University of Colorado gender studies professor Lorraine Bayard de Volo to act in a capacity akin to an expert witness on Swift's behalf. There was no public statement given about where the court proceedings stood that would have pushed Swift's legal team to bring de Volo on board. However, one might imagine that there may be significant pushback from Mueller about the nature of the alleged assault, so there was a need to concretely explain what made Mueller's alleged initial actions against Swift so egregious.

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Submitted to the court, de Volo has detailed her own beliefs on why Mueller may have possibly put his hand up Swift's skirt while she was posing for a photo with him. According to Jezebel, de Volo's testimony in Swift's favor goes as such: "In Mr. Mueller’s description of the events, though Ms. Swift was cold and standoffish with him, she had a positive rapport with Ms. Melcher [Mueller's then-girlfriend] that included hugging and compliments. Mr. Mueller said that he felt 'invisible' in the shadow of his girlfriend... Given that idealized masculinity entails dominance, leadership, authority, and assertiveness, this encounter would register as a blow to his sense of masculinity."

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It sounds like Swift might be able to nudge favor in her direction with this new and certifiably sound argument submitted to the courts in her favor. The argument, based on fragile masculinity as a reason for Mueller's alleged sexual assault, is definitely a damning one. Apparently, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Mueller's legal team is attempting to bar this testimony from being used in the upcoming court date because de Volo appears to have "never served as an expert witness, and apparently has no training in psychology." Swift's attorneys have not commented about Mueller's attempts to block de Volo's testimony.

Let's hope that this new expert can help Swift find some resolution in this imaginably difficult matter.

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