Jack Sweeney, the creator of social media accounts that record takeoffs and landings of planes and helicopters owned by billionaires, politicians and other public figures, claims to have received a cease and desist letter from Swift’s lawyers.
By James Robinson, journalist @thejournojames
Wednesday 7 February 2024 02:33, UK
Taylor Swift’s lawyers have threatened to sue a student who monitors her and other celebrities’ movements.
Jack Sweeney is the creator of social media accounts that record takeoffs and landings of planes and helicopters owned by billionaires, politicians and other public figures.
Their accounts gained ground at the beginning of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in 2022 to track the private jets of Russian oligarchs.
Sweeney was also involved in a high-profile dispute with Elon Muskin November 2022 on monitoring You are here Owner’s private jet.
The University of Central Florida student said Tuesday that he received a cease and desist letter from Swift’s lawyers, who called his actions “reckless.”
“While this may be a game for you or a path that you hope will bring you wealth or fame, it is a matter of life and death,” the 14-time Grammy winner’s lawyers wrote in the letter provided by Sweeney to NBC News. – the American partner of Sky News.
This happened after a Seattle man, David Crowe, was arrested two weeks ago for allegedly stalking Swift outside her home In New York.
Swift’s lawyers accused Sweeney of “stalking behavior” in the letter — an allegation the student’s own lawyers vehemently rejected.
According to Sweeney, the bills aim to provide “transparency” and use publicly available data from the Federal Aviation Administration.
“I think it’s important to note that I have no intention of causing harm, I’m just sharing the facts,” he told NBC News.
“I actually think Swift has some good songs.”
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James Slater, a Florida attorney representing Sweeney, said Swift’s legal team did not have the legal authority to freeze the accounts.
“It’s not just about making information public,” Slater said.
“And in the letter from Ms. Swift’s lawyers, they did not address any actual complaints.”
Sky News has contacted Swift’s representatives for comment.
It turns out the singer may be just days away from taking one of the most closely watched private jet trips in recent world history.
Image: Taylor Swift could travel on a private jet from Tokyo to Las Vegas after her concert on Saturday to watch her boyfriend, Travis Kelce, perform at the Super Bowl. Photo: AP
The 34-year-old star is preparing to play four nights at the Tokyo Dome in Japan.
The final show is scheduled to take place on Saturday night – the day before her boyfriend Travis Kelce and his Kansas City Chiefs play the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl in Las Vegas.
Experts say Swift could finish the show and arrive in Las Vegas with enough time to watch the game if she makes the trip on her private jet.
Swift has faced criticism over the carbon footprint of using private jets, although her representatives have previously said she uses offsets through the purchase of carbon credits to compensate.
“Taylor purchased more than double the carbon credits needed to offset all tourist travel,” her publicist said before the start of her recent Eras tour.
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