Pop star Taylor Swift issued a legal threat against Jack Sweeney, the 21-year-old who gained notoriety for tracking the private jets of the elites.
Swift’s legal team accused the student from the University of Central Florida of “stalking and harassing behavior,” demanding he cease his activities.
According to Swift and her attorneys, Sweeney is invading the pop star’s privacy and even poses a significant threat to her safety and well-being.
The legal notice notes severe emotional and physical distress caused to Swift and her family, emphasizing the heightened state of fear for her personal safety.
Swift’s legal team has described the situation as a “life-or-death matter.”
The cease and desist letter from Katie Wright Morrone of Venable law firm charges that Sweeney is approaching the situation as if it were a “game.”
“While this may be a game to you, or an avenue that you hope will earn you wealth or fame, it is a life-or-death matter for our Client,” Morrone wrote.
Legal letter Via The Daily Mail
However, Sweeney’s defense is based on transparency and public information.
He argues that using publicly available data to log the flights and CO2 emissions from the elite’s private jets is intended to promote awareness rather than cause harm.
Last year, Sweeney clashed with Tesla CEO Elon Musk over his tracking activities.
Sweeney is an awful human being.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 6, 2024
Taylor Swift is right to be concerned.
“I think it’s important to note that nowhere do I intend for harm. I actually think Swift has some good songs. I believe in transparency and public information, apparently more so than Meta,” Sweeney said in a statement to the DailyMail.
Sweeney also noted that Swift’s team had said the jet was “rarely used by her as it is loaned out.”
However, the claim contradicted their later statements, the UCF student said.
Sweeney highlighted that Swift’s family had owned multiple jets for years, arguing against the claim that Swift’s jet use was minimal.
He went on to refute the claim that Swift’s team that he has “no legitimate interest in sharing the jet information,” noting his significant following and support of his tracking account.
Sweeney also brought up a recent statement from the Japanese Embassy in the USA, which commented on Swift’s ability to fly from Tokyo to the Super Bowl, highlighting the public interest in Swift’s travel habits.
He said this demonstrates a “decent expectation” of the movements of private jets, especially those of the elites.