Taylor Swift Performed ‘This Is What You Came For’ for the First Time as New Details of Groping Lawsuit Emerge
On Saturday (Oct. 22, 2016), Taylor Swift performed at the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, for her first and seemingly only full-length concert of 2016. While Swift didn’t use the concert as a platform to drop a new album like many fans had hoped, she still managed to surprise fans.
For the first time ever, Swift performed a live piano-only version of “This Is What You Came For,” the hit song by her ex Calvin Harris and Rihanna, that was later revealed to have been written by Swift. Before performing the song, Swift told the audience how rewarding it is as a songwriter to hear fans sing her lyrics back to her, and asked them to sing along, but conveniently forgot to mention Harris or Rihanna.
“As a songwriter, I…,” Swift began, “The most rewarding feeling in the world is writing something and having the crowd sing it back to you because they know the words. It’s the coolest feeling in the world. I’ve never performed this song live before. But if you know it, maybe you can sing along and I can get to know what that feels like — to have it sung back to me.”
While it seems as though Swift has put one drama behind her, another one is coming to ahead. Days after a judge ruled to keep a photo of a DJ allegedly groping Swift at a meet and greet event in 2013 from the public, the transcript of Swift’s recorded deposition describing the traumatic event, has become public. Billboard reports Swift described being “frantic” and “violated” after the alleged groping.
“Right as the moment came for us to pose for the photo, he took his hand and put it up my dress and grabbed onto my ass cheek and no matter how much I scooted over it was still there,” she remembered. “It was completely intentional, I’ve never been so sure of anything in my life.”
“I remember being frantic, distressed, feeling violated in a way I had never experienced before,” Swift said in the deposition. “A meet-and-greet is supposed to be a situation where you’re thanking people for coming, you’re supposed to be welcoming people into your home, which is the arena for that day, and for someone to violate that hospitality in that way, I was completely stunned.”
The DJ, David Mueller, sued Swift in Denver in 2015, saying that her security team falsely accused him of grabbing her butt backstage at the Pepsi Center in June of 2013. Though he denied the alleged groping, he was fired from his job at KYGO radio two days after he was accused of the act.