Taylor Swift threatens to sue college junior who runs social media account that tracks her private jet, accusing him of ‘stalking and harassing behavior’
Taylor Swift’s lawyers are threatening legal action against a university student who runs social media accounts that track her private jet movements – and the amount of CO2 they produce.
The 14-time Grammy Award winners lawyers sent a letter to Jack Sweeney, 21, demanding that he stop recording her flights and locations.
Sweeney, a junior at the University of Central Florida, ran several accounts that tracked the flight paths of planes and helicopters owned by celebrities, billionaires, politicians and other public figures.
His accounts use publicly available data, and also share the estimates of their planetary warning emissions – with the university student not going head to head with Elon Musk until 2022 to share his jet’s details.
Swift’s lawyers in Washington say the pop superstar, 34, would have had “no choice but to pursue any and all legal remedies” if he didn’t stop his “stalking and harassing behavior,” according to the Washington Post.
Taylor Swift’s lawyers have threatened legal action against Jack Sweeney, a junior at the University of Central Florida
Swift’s lawyers wrote Sweeney a cease-and-desist letter saying she would have ‘no choice but to pursue any and all legal remedies’
Sweeney runs social media accounts that track the takeoffs and landings of private jets owned by Swifts and other celebrities, billionaires and politicians
It added that Sweeney’s accounts had caused Swift and her family ‘direct and irreparable harm, as well as emotional and physical distress’, as well as increased her ‘constant state of fear for her personal safety’.
The letter, which was sent to Sweeney’s family home, said there was no ‘legitimate interest in or public need for this information other than to stalk, harass and exercise dominion and control.’
Written by Katie Wright Morrone of Venable law firm, the strongly worded cease-and-desist accused Sweeney of treating it like a ‘game’.
“While this may be a game to you, or a path you hope will earn you wealth or fame, this is a life-or-death matter for our client,” Morrone added.
Swift has seen stalkers show up outside her homes, with one man arrested outside her Manhattan townhouse last month.
The letter from her lawyers states that there is ‘no legitimate interest in or public need for this information other than to stalk, harass and exercise dominion and control.’
A spokesman for Swift said they could not comment on ongoing police inquiries but confirmed the timing of the most recent arrest ‘suggests a link’.
“Her posts tell you exactly when and where she would be,” they added.
Sweeney believes the letter is an attempt to scare him into sharing public data, adding that he was ‘more careful’ with what he shared about the pop star.
The letter came in December, around the time Sweeney’s accounts tracking Swift’s jets on Facebook and Instagram were deactivated. A second letter followed accusing him of ‘harassing’ the star.
He said the threats of legal action came at a time when Swift was facing a major backlash over the environmental impacts of her flights while on the road for her Era’s Tour and also jetting across the US to watch her new beau Travis Kelce plays in the NFL.
“This information is already out there, her team thinks they can control the world,” Sweeney said.
Swift, 34, is under pressure to reduce her carbon footprint after flying across the US to spend time with Kansas Chiefs tight end Kelce, 34, while also performing the international leg of her Era tour.
While many have called for the star to cut back on her travel, the global superstar is unlikely to switch to commercial flights due to safety concerns – with many speculating that she will use chartered planes instead.
After being crowned 2022’s biggest celebrity polluter of the year, her team quickly hit back, saying she was renting out her planes and also bought double the amount of carbon emissions tokens she needed for her tour trip.
But the singer, who announced her 13th album at Sunday night’s Grammys, has been hit with a fresh barrage of scrutiny over her planet-warming emissions of carbon dioxide released with every flight.
Based on statistics tracked by Taylor Swift’s Jets on Instagram, the hitmaker’s trips have produced 138 tons of CO2 emissions so far.
The singer will have to plant 2,282 trees and let them grow for 10 years to compensate for the environmental damage caused by her flights.
This is the equivalent of the energy used by 17 homes in one year, or the electricity consumption of 26.9 homes for one year, according to the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
Swift has been hit with a fresh barrage of scrutiny over her planet-warming emissions of carbon dioxide emitted with each flight. She is pictured on her private jet
Sweeney believes the letter is an attempt to scare him into sharing public data, adding that he was ‘more careful’ with what he shared about the pop star
Swift, 34, is under pressure to reduce her carbon footprint after flying across the US to spend time with Kansas Chiefs tight end Kelce, 34, while also performing the international leg of her Era tour. Taylor’s private jet is pictured
His accounts use publicly available data, and also share the estimates of their planetary warning emissions – with the university student not going head to head with Elon Musk until 2022 to share his jet’s details
The star has not confirmed whether she will attend the Super Bowl.
Whether she’s consoling Kelce after a loss or not celebrating the Chiefs’ Super Bowl wins, Swift has to cross the world again and be in Australia five days later to continue her Eras Tour.
San Francisco and Kansas City will meet in the Super Bowl for the second time this decade, with the Chiefs winning Super Bowl LIV in 2020.
The Bad Blood singer is scheduled to head to Australia and take the stage in Melbourne on February 16, starting at 6pm.
She will perform three nights at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before heading to Sydney’s Accor Stadium for four shows starting on February 23.
After coming out on top in the 2022 pollution rankings, Taylor’s rep hit back, claiming Swift often lets other people take her Falcon 7X jet on trips around the world.
However, there is no doubt that she has been aboard the jet since September during the many flights between Kansas City, New York and various other stops.
The trips used up 12,622 gallons of jet fuel, estimated to be worth a whopping $70,779.
In her biggest trip to date, Swift flew from Sao Paulo, Brazil, to Kansas City – with a stopover in Tampa, Florida.
The trip used 4,151 gallons of fuel, which is believed to be worth $23,250.
A spokesperson for Swift told DailyMail.com that she is working to reduce her jets’ carbon emissions by traveling less frequently than in previous years.
“Before the tour kicked off in March 2023, Taylor purchased more than double the carbon credits needed to offset all tour travel,” the spokesperson explained.
The excess credits mean that Taylor could have paid more than enough to cover her latest romance that arose in the middle of her sold-out tour, with her trips to support Kelce increasing her carbon emissions along with her planned tour trips.