Taylor Swift‘s attorneys are threatening legal action against a college student who runs social media accounts tracking her private jets movements – and the amount of CO2 they produce.
The 14-time Grammy award winner’s lawyers sent a letter to Jack Sweeney, 21, demanding that he stop logging her flights and locations.
Sweeney, a junior at the University of Central Florida, has run several accounts that track 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 planet warning emissions – with the college student first going head to head with Elon Musk in 2022 for sharing his jet’s details.
In a statement to DailyMail.com Sweeney said: ‘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.’
Swift’s attorneys in Washington saying the pop superstar, 34, would have ‘have no choice but to pursue any and all legal remedies’ if he did not stop his ‘stalking and harassing behavior’, according to the Washington Post.
Taylor Swift’s attorneys have threatened legal action against Jack Sweeney, a junior at the University of Central Florida
Swift’s attorneys wrote Sweeney a cease-and-desist letter saying she would ‘have no choice but to pursue any and all legal remedies’
Authored by Katie Wright Morrone from Venable law firm, the strongly-worded cease and desist accused Sweeney of treating it like a ‘game’
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 heightening her ‘constant state of fear for her personal safety’.
Jack Sweeney’s response to Taylor
In a statement to DailyMail.com, Sweeney said: ‘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.
‘Also important to note that this letter came days after headlines about her jet use caused bad headlines for her about carbon emissions.
‘A year earlier her team stated to the media that her jet is rarely used by her as it is loaned out.
‘The statements by her team directly contradict each other. Just like her teams response to there being one jet.
‘Which is only true in the past two weeks. Her family together has owned N898TS, and N621MM for years, only changing recently. Saying there is only one jet is an attempt to make the families jet use seem not as bad. ‘Which may be now true but this has only recently changed. This event is eerily similar to December 2022 when Musk tweeted he would take legal action against me, after he claimed someone had come after him.
‘All of which has been disproven by OSINT. Swifts team also suggests that I have no legitimate interest in sharing the jet information.
‘Which is inherently wrong, her fans the ones who have grown the TaylorSwiftJets accounts and subreddit. The tracking accounts routinely have more supporters and fans than otherwise.
‘When the Embassy of Japan in the USA, makes a statement saying that they are confident Swift can make it on a flight from Tokyo to the Super Bowl.
‘I think the people are interested and that you should have a decent expectation that your jet will be tracked whether or not I do it as after all it is public information.’
The letter, which was sent to Sweeney’s family home, said that there was no ‘legitimate interest in or public need for this information, other than to stalk, harass, and exert dominion and control.’
Authored by Katie Wright Morrone from 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 an avenue that you hope will earn you wealth or fame, it is a life-or-death matter for our Client,’ Morrone added.
Swift has seen stalkers show up outside her homes, with one man arrested last month outside her townhouse in Manhattan.
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 exert dominion and control.’
A spokesperson for Swift said they cannot comment on ongoing police investigations, but confirmed that the timing of the most recent arrest ‘suggests a connection’.
‘His posts tell you exactly when and where she would be,’ they added.
Sweeney believes that the letter is an attempt to scare him from sharing public data, adding that he was ‘being 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 disabled. A second letter followed, accusing him of ‘harassing’ the star.
He said that the threats of legal action came at a time where Swift was facing a huge 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 play in the NFL.
‘This information is already out there, her team thinks they can control the world’, Sweeney said.
Swift, 34, has been under pressure to cut down on her carbon emissions after jet-setting across the US to spend time with Kansas Chief’s tight end Kelce, 34, while also performing the international leg of her Era’s tour.
While many have called on the star to cut down on her travel, it is unlikely that the globetrotting superstar will switch to commercial flights due over security fears – with many speculating she will use charter jets instead.
After being crowned 2022’s biggest celebrity polluter of the year, her team were quick to hit back, saying that she loans her planes out and also bought double the amount of carbon emissions tokens than she needed for her touring travel.
But the singer, who announced her 13th album at Sunday night’s Grammys’, has been hit with a fresh barraged 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 emission to date.
The singer would need to plant 2,282 trees and allow these to grow for 10 years in order to offset the environmental damage caused by her flights.
It is the equivalent of the energy used by 17 houses in one year, or the electricity use of 26.9 homes for one year, according to the Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator.
Swift has been hit with a fresh barraged of scrutiny over her planet-warming emissions of carbon dioxide released with every flight. She’s pictured on her private jet
Sweeney believes that the letter is an attempt to scare him from sharing public data, adding that he was ‘being more careful’ with what he shared about the pop star
Swift, 34, has been under pressure to cut down on her carbon emissions after jet-setting across the US to spend time with Kansas Chief’s tight end Kelce, 34, while also performing the international leg of her Era’s tour. Taylor’s private jet is pictured