Taylor Swift's dad accused of assaulting photographer, team says singer was 'aggressively' approached

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71-year-old Scott Swift has been a fixture on his daughter's massive world tour.

A Taylor Swift spokesperson is responding to reports that the superstar singer's father, Scott Swift, has been accused of assaulting a paparazzo in Australia.

In a statement provided to EW on Monday, the spokesperson said of the incident, "Two individuals were aggressively pushing their way towards Taylor, grabbing at her security personnel, and threatening to throw a female staff member into the water." Swift's team declined to comment further.

A spokesperson for the New South Wales Police Force confirmed to EW that authorities are investigating an alleged assault on Sydney's North Shore in the early hours of Tuesday, local time, though they declined to identify the parties involved. Swift and her father were in the city after a sold-out four-show stint there on her Eras Tour.

"Police have been told a 71-year-old man allegedly assaulted a 51-year-old man at Neutral Bay Wharf about 2.30am (Tuesday 27 February 2024), before leaving the location," authorities said in a statement. "The younger man reported the incident and inquiries are now underway by officers attached to North Shore Police Area Command. The man did not require medical treatment."

<p>Gilbert Flores/Billboard via Getty; Kevin Mazur/AMA2019/Getty</p> Taylor Swift and her father, Scott Swift

Gilbert Flores/Billboard via Getty; Kevin Mazur/AMA2019/Getty

Taylor Swift and her father, Scott Swift

According to the Daily Mail, the photographer making the complaint against Swift's father is Ben McDonald, who told the outlet that Scott Swift charged at him after getting off a boat. "She got off the boat, she walked towards security guards who were shoving umbrellas in our faces, and then he charged," McDonald told the outlet, which also reported that McDonald "originally thought it was a security guard and was shocked when he realised the alleged attacker was the pop star's dad."

EW has reached out to McDonald for comment.

The elder Swift has been a mainstay on his daughter's massive world tour. Fan videos have captured him handing out guitar picks and sandwiches to fans in Sydney. Next up for the singer are six shows in Singapore, starting March 2.

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