Taylor Swift’s attorneys have threatened authorized motion towards a pupil who tracks the actions of her and different celebrities’ non-public jets.
Jack Sweeney is the creator of social media accounts that log the takeoffs and landings of planes and helicopters owned by billionaires, politicians, and different public figures.
His accounts gained traction at first of Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine for monitoring the non-public jets of Russian oligarchs.
Mr Sweeney additionally grew to become concerned in a high-profile spat with Elon Musk, in November 2022 over the monitoring of the X and Tesla proprietor’s non-public jet.
The University of Central Florida pupil mentioned on Tuesday that he had obtained a stop and desist letter from Swift’s attorneys, who’ve described his actions as “reckless”.
“While this may be a game for you or an avenue that you hope will earn you wealth or fame, it is a life-or-death matter,” the 14-time Grammy winner’s attorneys wrote within the letter, supplied by Mr Sweeney to NBC News – the US accomplice of Sky News.
It comes after a Seattle man, David Crowe, was arrested two weeks in the past for allegedly stalking Swift exterior her townhouse in New York City.
Swift’s attorneys have accused Mr Sweeney of “stalking and harassing behaviour” within the letter – an allegation the scholar’s personal attorneys have firmly rejected.
According to Mr Sweeney, the accounts are geared toward offering “transparency” and use publicly out there information from the Federal Aviation Administration.
“I think it’s important to note that nowhere do I intend for harm, I simply share the facts,” he informed NBC News.
“I actually think Swift has some good songs.”
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James Slater, a Florida lawyer who’s representing Sweeney, mentioned Swift’s authorized crew had no authorized authority to dam the accounts.
“There’s no claim to just publicising public information,” Mr Slater mentioned.
“And in Ms Swift’s lawyers’ letter, they didn’t address any real claims.”
Sky News has contacted Swift’s representatives for remark.
It comes because the singer could possibly be days away from making one of the crucial intently watched non-public jet journeys in current world historical past.
The 34-year-old star is about to play 4 nights at Japan’s Tokyo Dome.
The final of the gigs is about to happen on Saturday night time – at some point earlier than her boyfriend Travis Kelce and his Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers within the Super Bowl in Las Vegas.
Experts say Swift might full the gig and arrive in Las Vegas with sufficient time to attend the sport, if she makes the journey in her non-public jet.
Swift has confronted criticism over the carbon footprint from her use of personal jets, although her representatives have beforehand acknowledged that she makes use of offsetting via the acquisition of carbon credit to compensate.
“Taylor purchased more than double the carbon credits needed to offset all tour travel,” her publicist mentioned earlier than the beginning of her current Eras Tour.