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Taylor Swift’s lawyers are threatening to file a lawsuit against a Florida student who has been tracking the private jets of celebrities and public figures, including Swift.

Jack Sweeney confirmed to CNN on Tuesday that he received a cease-and-desist letter from Swift’s lawyers, threatening legal action over the social media accounts she runs and tracks Swift’s flights. The news was first reported by the Washington Post.

Sweeney is the same person who famously incurred the wrath of billionaire Elon Musk for tracking his plane trips online. Musk, who owns X, terminated Sweeney’s “@ElonJet” account on the social media platform formerly known as Twitter in December 2022.

Sweeney, who was let back into Platform X, also runs the accounts that track the private jet movements of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and a host of other celebrities and public figures. Musk previously said the accounts posed a “security risk” to him and his family.

Sweeney manages accounts on multiple social media platforms using publicly available flight data from the Federal Aviation Administration as well as flight signals tracked by individual aviation enthusiasts, and often includes carbon emissions estimates from each flight he follows in his posts.

A December letter from Swift’s lead attorney on the matter, Katie Morrone of Venable LLP, accuses Sweeney of engaging in “stalking and harassment, including the consistent posting of real-time and accurate information about our client’s location and future whereabouts to the public on social media. networks. .”

The letter claims this poses an “imminent threat to the safety and well-being” of Swift. It also accuses Sweeney of disregarding the public safety of others “in exchange for public attention and/or demands for financial gain.”

The letter even references a CNN report that Musk offered Sweeney $5,000 to delete a Twitter account that tracks his plane. (Sweeney rejected the offer at the time, asking for $50,000, saying he could use the money to pay for college or maybe buy a Tesla).

The letter states that this is a “matter of life or death” for Swift, who has dealt with stalkers and others who wish her harm since she was a teenager. The letter states that there are “numerous public instances” of individuals entering Swift’s residence, including armed with guns and ammunition, and “attempting to harm her.” The letter claims that sharing her location information gives these bad actors “a blueprint for carrying out their plans.”

If Sweeney continues to release information about Swift’s flight tracking, her lawyers add, “She will have no choice but to pursue all legal remedies available to her.”

Sweeney told CNN via email that he received the letter from Swift’s lawyers after some nonprofit and media headlines scrutinized the singer’s carbon footprint.

Sweeney also told CNN that he never intended his actions to cause harm, noting that he was gathering “public information.”

“I actually think Swift has some good songs,” Sweeney added. Still, he said, “I believe in transparency and public information.” Sweeney also said there was a lot of public interest from Swift’s fans in the accounts, saying she should have a “decent expectation” that her plane would be followed “whether I do it or not.”

A representative for Taylor Swift declined CNN’s request for comment on Tuesday. When asked about evidence that Swift’s stalkers used accounts run by Sweeney to track planes, a spokeswoman for Swift told the Washington Post: “We cannot comment on any ongoing police investigation, but we can confirm that the stalkers’ time points to a connection. His posts tell you exactly when and where he will be.”

Interest in Swift’s upcoming travels, and specifically whether she will return to the US from her overseas tour in time to see her boyfriend Travis Kelce at the Super Bowl, has grown in recent weeks.

Just last week, the Japanese Embassy in the US tweeted a statement saying that despite the long return flight from Tokyo and the 17-hour time difference, Swift should be able to make it to Las Vegas from Tokyo in time for the big game. if he flies out of Tokyo the evening after his concert.

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