Taylor Swift’s assailant sent her a Sacagawea dollar as ‘a little poke at them’

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As I said and yesterday and today, Taylor Swift deserved to be included in Time Magazine’s “Silence Breakers” Persons of the Year coverage. I just took issue with Taylor’s inclusion on the cover, like she was the face of anything other than her own Snake Army. Taylor deserved to be included in the POTY coverage because Taylor’s countersuit against DJ David Mueller was a big story this year – in 2013, he assaulted her during a photo-op. She told her mother what happened, and her mom told Mueller’s radio station employers and got him fired. Mueller then sued Taylor because he claimed she was lying about it. She countersued and won a symbolic $1. She spoke about the case at length with Time – go here to read the piece.

In the Time interview, Taylor said that even though she won the case and Mueller was ordered to pay her that symbolic $1, he had not given it to her. She said, in part: “When the jury found in my favor, the man who sexually assaulted me was court-ordered to give me a symbolic $1. To this day he has not paid me that dollar, and I think that act of defiance is symbolic in itself.” Shortly after Time’s cover story was released, Mueller spoke to the Associated Press. And man, does this guy sound like a f–king a–hole who didn’t learn one thing from this experience.

The radio deejay ordered to pay a symbolic $1 to Taylor Swift after he groped her during a photo op said he mailed her the money last week. David Mueller told the Associated Press that he sent Swift a Sacagawea coin and provided proof of payment to the outlet, which he said was sent on Nov. 28. The former radio host previously told the AP he intended the coin to be a final jab at the “Look What You Made Me Do” singer as the Sacagawea dollar features a prominent female Native American.

“I mean if this is all about women’s rights. … It’s a little poke at them, a little bit,” he told the AP. “I mean, I think they made this into a publicity stunt, and this is my life.”

Mueller sued Swift claiming she falsely accused him of groping her. He sought up to $3 million in damages. When Swift countersued, a federal jury in Denver, Colorado, ruled in Swift’s favor.

[From People]

How is the Sacagawea dollar “a little poke at them”? I’m really asking. I’m trying to figure out WTF he means there. Is he really saying “har har I sent them a dollar coin with a famous Native American figure because it’s so funny that they sued me for a sexual assault”? And no, they didn’t make this into a publicity stunt – he assaulted Taylor and when she had the nerve to deal with the issue privately, HE made it public by suing her. This guy is awful.

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  1. Odetta says:

    This guy is something else..

  2. Hazel says:

    ‘Them’? As though women were a different class of human being? Yeesh.

  3. Ankhel says:

    I think he’s actually saying it’s a poke at the women who’s come forth lately? Because it’s all a PR stunt, and we aren’t really victims? Unlike him, who’s a man and a real person, with a real life that’s been affected? I think? I’m so tired.

    • INeedANap says:

      Basically, yes. He thinks women’s rights are inherently a joke so he sent that as a jab, except it’s indecipherable unless the recipient also thinks women’s rights are inherently a joke. I bet his buddies all thought it was hilarious.

      This is the kind of guy who sees everything coming out about Weisteing, Ratner, Lauer, etc., and gets worried about a false rape accusation, rather than worried for the people in his life who may have been victims of predators. Because to him, his is the only life that matters.

  4. Nanny to the Rescue says:

    I’m not American: does the Sacagawea dollar bear some important symbolism? Is it the only coin with a Native American woman? How many Native Americans are even featured on your money? Are there any other women on it?

    Because he’s trying to say something and it’s not nice.

    He just wants to have a final say in this, because ego.

    • Eliza says:

      Dollar coins aren’t really used in every day. So he had to go to bank to request this coin.

      We don’t have any other woman on our current money. And not really any other Naive American figures either, except a buffalo coin which is a rare collector coin (not in circulation).

      I think he tried to lump having a female on a coin and settling the case together; like see all this feminism ruining men, we even have 1 coin with a lady on it now. How that even makes any sense, I dont know.

    • Veronica says:

      It’s the only piece of American currency with ANY women or specifically WOC on it beyond Lady Liberty (and this is the first year she’s been portrayed as non-white). It actually casts his reaction into an even grosser light.

    • Lolita says:

      We also have the Susan B Anthony silver dollar. You know the suffragette who fought for our rights as women to not only vote but also have rights beyond being property of whatever male in closest proximity (father, brother, husband).

      • HH says:

        White women. Susan B. Anthony secured the rights of white women to vote. She did not fight for “our rights as women” she was fighting for her fellow white women when she used the term “women” and “we.” This was highlighted during the 2016 election, but just in case, below is a link. Just to be clear, I’m not saying that she wasn’t important or that she doesn’t deserve recognition, but her actions should be kept in context.


      • Lolita says:

        Yes all women deserve the same rights. Equally. But considering the times those women had to work within, they had to secure the closest most stable toehold. At a time when blacks, America Indians (my ancestry), Asians, & “others” (ANYONE not meeting a certain criteria) the suffragettes fought for the most attainable goals. They made it easy for the next generations. Let’s not kid ourselves, ladies, we are never going to be able to relax and be comfortable with the status quo. We will always have to assert our rights and the rights of others. The “Patriarchy” isn’t going to just give it to us and as current events unfold it’s evident they are aiming to take back what the previous generations have fought and gained. When we part and parcel the past, we divide the fight. Build on what it already attained, not tear down and dissect those accomplishments. I don’t see color in Human Rights. But let’s get some toeholds, then reach for more.

      • HH says:

        RE: “Build on what it already attained, not tear down and dissect those accomplishments.” — Analysis and critique/constructive criticism does not equate to tearing something down. Hence, the word constructive. Furthermore, hence why I added in the “just to be clear…” section.

        RE: “I don’t see color in Human Rights.” — As always when someone uses this line, I know you mean well, but it also means that you’re invested in not getting it. It’s fundamentally flawed logic. ***Recognizing and acknowledging*** the impact of race in people’s lives is actually how we will dismantle racism, not by acting as we don’t see color. You can’t change anything you’re not willing to see/acknowledge/gloss over.

      • Veronica says:

        Anthony didn’t even secure that in her lifetime, sadly. Women’s suffrage came after her passing. I respect her work and the early attempts at solidarity, but it is problematic to overlook the damage racism within the white suffrage movement did to the movement overall. There was a lot of resentment in the women’s movement after black men won the vote before white women. That, too, left a legacy we’re still fighting today.

      • Lolita says:

        My original response was to the question about other women portrayed on American currency. Acknowledging another woman on our currency, Your response I interpreted as slagging that however small accomplishment. My apologies if we disagree.

  5. OriginalLala says:

    ugh. Still blaming the victim and gas lighting Taylor because he thinks sexually assaulting her was nbd. what a piece of sh*t.

  6. Juls says:

    I am wracking my brain and I don’t understand the symbolism in the coin and how it is supposed to be a jab? No dude, this was not a publicity stunt that ruined your life like you’re some kind of collateral damage in the Taylor “machine.” In this case, she wanted to keep it quiet, you’re the one that made it public. You ruined your own life by your own actions, creep. Kick rocks, a**hole.

    • BlueNailsBetty says:

      I don’t get it, either. His message is lost in translation so the jokes on him.

      • M&M says:

        Because you are good people and not major douche canoes and your brains do not comprehend this boorish behavior.
        He’s a pig. He’s a jerk. He’s vile. He’s done it before and with the way he’s making little jokes he will do it again.
        And whoever countersuits him will not be asking for just $1.

      • stinky says:

        Maybe he’s referring to squaw-women … ??
        “Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian woman, especially a wife.” … Its a disparaging term because squaws were raped by any all. Its a vague term and its definitions are never good. He’s simply a jackass.

    • Lady D says:

      I think he’s pissed because he was expecting her to settle behind the scenes to protect her image. I imagine he envisioned a fat little payday and a good story to drink on for the next couple of decades while his bro’s admired him.

    • Otaku fairy says:

      I saw it as an attempt to minimize his actions by pulling his own version of a “Dear Muslimah”. Only instead of the loathsome ” Just be grateful you’re not in the middle east” card, it’s basically, ” What a spoiled little famewhore Taylor is for not silently tolerating my sexually assaulting her and for makng it a women’s rights issue when 18th century Native American women had more to fight against. This drama queen messed with MY life.”
      Asshole. Maybe he’ll be a mayor someday.

    • RuddyZooKeeper says:

      Because he’s not very smart, and he’s attempted to create an analogy or equivalency because they are both women, and he obviously believes women in general are some sort of joke. I just keep imagining him snorting, “Get it?! Get it?! It’s a woman on a coin, and Taylor Swift is a stupid, greedy WOMAN! Harharhar!!” He’s an idiot. I can’t even get stirred up by this because he is literally stupid. No, dude. We DON’T get it, because it’s not smart, makes no sense, and is definitely not funny.

  7. DiligentDiva says:

    You know I wish Taylor had written a song about this. She doesn’t have too at all, but I feel like a “Look what you made me do” style song about this a-hole would have had me applauding her.
    This guy is scum.

    • another kate says:

      I have defended Taylor today with regards to the Time cover, but I agree with this 100%. Just for a business decision alone she should have done it. She could have written a catchy song that could have become an anthem for the movement and made her a lot of money along the way. I wonder/hope that there will be another track released that will address it.

  8. Alleycat says:

    This does not make sense at all. I know he’s trying to be super vindictive and smooth, but he sounds belligerent. What a d*ck. No one cares about you, dude. We are all laughing at you, not with you.

  9. Lori says:

    Been thinking hard about that coin. My conclusion is that maybe he isnt very bright. Like “all these females are making a fuss, guess a dollar with a woman on it is the only dollar she will want- since these feminists hate all men now”?

    • jetlagged says:

      That’s exactly how I interpreted it too.

      If he really wanted to go all in on the symbolism, he should have hunted around for a Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, they aren’t in circulation any more but aren’t hard to find. But the guy sounds like a half-wit and a major tool, so perhaps that was too much for him to manage.

    • lucy2 says:

      Yeah, it’s the dumb logic of the stupid and sexist. That’s the only way it makes any sense.

      Gotta love when guys like him cry “but it’s affecting my life!” You know how to avoid that? DON’T ASSAULT PEOPLE. Keep your hands to yourself, and you won’t have problems.

  10. the_blonde_one says:

    I would make a tiara that holds it front and center and wear it everywhere. Screw him.

  11. Case says:

    The audacity of him saying this was a publicity stunt on her end is unbelievable. HE sued her to try to punish her for (rightfully) telling his employer about the assault. HE is the one who blew this out of proportion by taking this to court, not her. When called upon to present evidence, it is very clear that Taylor was indeed assaulted. Now he’s trying to take a jab at her, or her team, or women in general, by sending a Sacagawea coin. LOL, get outta here, dude.

  12. Boxy Lady says:

    I am probably alone in this opinion, which is fine by me, but this story would help convince me to put TS on that cover. I know when the magazine went to press, his story hadn’t come out yet, but that judgement was months ago and she still hadn’t received her money. I mean she won her case in court fair and square, but he still didn’t want to give up that one frickin’ dollar. It’s kind of like she won and lost at the same time which, to me, is the plight of women everywhere.

  13. Ben says:

    This man is a POS. I saw the picture which btw haven’t been published enough and is more than obvious that he was grabbing her butt. Taylor really managed the whole lawsuit in the most discreet way possible. She never made a publicity stunt and she didn’t make herself look like a vulnerable victim whom livelihood was in danger like many other women that can’t afford to lose a job. She took control of the situation like the successful business woman that she is. She knew that she would make a fool of herself if she somehow pull a PR stunt out of the lawsuit. If I was her I would make sure that he would never work in the entertainment business ever again.