Taylor Swift’s father investigated after alleged assault of paparazzo

Source: TND

Police are investigating Taylor Swift’s father over the alleged assault of a paparazzo in Sydney early Tuesday morning.

Police confirmed an investigation was launched after a 51-year-old man reported a 71-year-old man had assaulted him near Neutral Bay wharf at about 2.30am before leaving the location.

Neither man required medical treatment.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper first reported that Swift’s father, Scott Kingsley Swift, 71, was involved in the alleged incident.

“The younger man reported the incident and inquiries are now underway by officers attached to North Shore Police Area Command,” a NSW Police spokesperson confirmed.

The Sydney Morning Herald named the paparazzo involved in the alleged incident as Ben McDonald, chief executive of photography and content agency the Matrix Media Group.

“I was just out on the job chasing Taylor [Swift],” McDonald was quoted as saying.

“She got off a super-yacht at Neutral Bay and walked up the wharf with an umbrella over her head and a couple of security [guards] around her. Security sort of pushed us around with the umbrellas,” he added.

“Then her dad decided to add to the mix and throw a punch in,” McDonald alleged.

McDonald said he did not sustain any serious injuries.

“It was a shock … There was no need for it, the security had it under control,” he was quoted as saying.

“I’ll leave it in the police’s hands now.”

The incident allegedly occurred just hours after Swift performed her seventh and final Australian show of her wildly popular The Eras Tour.

The pop star will next travel to Singapore for six shows from March 2, in what will be her only Southeast Asian concert dates.

Topics: Taylor Swift
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