Taylor Swift’s father accused of assaulting photographer in Sydney

An Australian photographer has said he was punched by Scott Swift (71) on a wharf on Sydney Harbour

An Australian photographer has filed a complaint with police in Sydney, Australia regarding an alleged assault by Scott Swift, the father of musician Taylor Swift, state broadcaster ABC said.

The photographer said he was assaulted by Swift’s father on a wharf on Sydney Harbour at around 2.30am early on Tuesday morning after her final Sydney concert, prompting a police investigation.

Police said they were investigating an alleged assault involving a 71-year-old man and another man on Neutral Bay wharf about 2.30am on Tuesday. Police did not name Swift’s father, Scott (71).

Local media reported the complainant was an Australian photographer who was waiting for Taylor Swift and her father as they arrived at the Neutral Bay wharf following a late-night cruise on Sydney Harbour.


Taylor Swift was with her father at the time, but had entered a car when the alleged assault occurred, according to state broadcaster ABC.

A spokesperson for Taylor Swift told Rolling Stone two people were acting "aggressively" towards Swift and her entourage when the incident occurred.

"Two individuals were aggressively pushing their way towards Taylor, grabbing at her security personnel, and threatening to throw a female staff member into the water," the spokesperson said in a statement.

The ABC reported the photographer, Ben McDonald, said Swift's entourage used umbrellas to try and prevent him taking photographs and in the alleged altercation Swift's father became involved.

Taylor Swift’s Australian leg of her record-breaking Eras tour ended on Monday evening. - Reuters