Taylor Swift’s Father Cleared of Assault Charges: Australian Police Confirm


Sydney, Australia In a recent development, Australian authorities have confirmed that Taylor Swift’s father, Scott Swift, will not face charges related to an alleged assault on a paparazzi photographer. The incident occurred last month at Neutral Bay Wharf in Sydney, prompting an investigation by the New South Wales (NSW) Police Force.

The Investigation

Taylor swift and her dad with paparazzi

According to a spokesperson for the NSW Police Force, officers thoroughly investigated the reported assault, which took place around 2:30 a.m. local time on February 27. Despite the initial allegations, no further police action will be taken against Scott Swift. The 71-year-old father of the megastar, affectionately known as “Papa Swift,” has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

The Controversy

The incident unfolded after Taylor Swift disembarked from a yacht docked in Sydney Harbor. Photographer Ben McDonald claimed that Scott Swift assaulted him. McDonald recounted that one of Swift’s security guards forcefully pushed an umbrella into his face and camera. Subsequently, Scott Swift allegedly punched him.

Swift’s Defense

In response to McDonald’s accusations, Taylor Swift’s spokesperson provided a different perspective. According to the spokesperson, two individuals aggressively approached Taylor, grabbing at her security personnel. They even threatened to throw a female staff member into the water. The situation escalated, leading to the alleged altercation.

No Medical Treatment Required

Despite the heated exchange, no medical treatment was necessary for any party involved. The NSW police confirmed this detail, emphasizing that the incident did not result in physical harm requiring medical attention.


As the legal matter concludes, Scott Swift remains free from charges. The incident sheds light on the challenges faced by celebrities and their entourages when dealing with aggressive paparazzi. Taylor Swift’s family continues to navigate the complexities of fame, even as her “Eras” tour achieves unprecedented success as the highest-grossing tour of all time.

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