Taylor Swift was featured on Time's Person of the Year cover on Wednesday, as one of 2017's "silence breakers" who spoke out during this year's cultural reckoning surrounding sexual harassment and abuse.

In a written Q&A with Time, Swift explained why she spoke so directly to Mueller;

"I had already been in court all week and had to watch this man's attorney bully, badger and harass my team including my mother over inane details and ridiculous minutiae, accusing them, and me, of lying," Swift wrote. "I was angry. In that moment, I decided to forego any courtroom formalities and just answer the questions the way it happened. 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 added, "I'm told it was the most amount of times the word 'ass' has ever been said in Colorado Federal Court."

Swift, who called the trial process "demoralizing," said that many people didn't realize that Mueller had sued her first. "I spent two years reading headlines referring to it as 'The Taylor Swift Butt Grab Case' with internet trolls making a joke about what happened to me," she wrote. "There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when I was named as the defendant."

Ultimately, Swift said, she received lots of support during the trial, and left with this advice for those who are going through something similar: "You should not be blamed for waiting 15 minutes or 15 days or 15 years to report sexual assault or harassment, or for the outcome of what happens to a person after he or she makes the choice to sexually harass or assault you."

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