Taylor Swift’s father Scott, 71, is accused of assaulting paparazzi at a Sydney wharf as


Taylor Swift’s father Scott is accused of assaulting an Australian photographer at a Sydney wharf as the pop star let her hair down after wrapping up her Eras tour.

NSW Police confirmed they were investigating claims Scott Swift, 71, assaulted Ben McDonald, 51, at a ferry wharf in the suburb of Neutral Bay about 2.30am on Tuesday.

It is understood Taylor and her father – affectionately known as ‘Papa Swift’ – had been out partying to celebrate her final Sydney show when he allegedly struck Mr McDonald on the left side of the face.

An investigation into the alleged incident has been launched by the North Shore Police Command.

Mr McDonald, the chief executive of Matrix Media Group, told Daily Mail Australia that Taylor and Scott had travelled from Homebush on a luxury superyacht called Quantum after her performance. 

Taylor Swift is pictured during her Eras tour in Sydney on Friday night. She has now completed her tour of Australia

Taylor Swift is pictured during her Eras tour in Sydney on Friday night. She has now completed her tour of Australia

Police confirmed they were investigating claims Scott Swift, 71, allegedly assaulted a photographer. Taylor is pictured under the umbrella, next to her father Scott (right) last night

Police confirmed they were investigating claims Scott Swift, 71, allegedly assaulted a photographer. Taylor is pictured under the umbrella, next to her father Scott (right) last night

When they got off, Scott allegedly ‘charged’ at him, he claimed. 

Mr McDonald originally thought it was a security guard and was shocked when he realised the alleged attacker was Taylor’s dad.

‘In 23 years of taking pictures, I have never seen anything like it,’ he said.

Mr McDonald said he didn’t know what triggered the alleged assault.

‘He probably decided he needed to defend his daughter, for some reason,’ he said.

‘She got off the boat, she walked towards security guards who were shoving umbrellas in our faces, and then he charged.’

Footage of the alleged incident showed Taylor and her father walking up from the wharf with large umbrellas blocking the view.

Mr McDonald started shooting and a security guard could be heard telling him not to touch the umbrella.

Scott Swift is pictured holding Taylor's hand at Neutral Bay wharf, on Sydney's north shore, at about 3am on Tuesday

Scott Swift is pictured holding Taylor’s hand at Neutral Bay wharf, on Sydney’s north shore, at about 3am on Tuesday

Matrix Media photographer Ben McDonald (pictured) was allegedly struck in the face by Taylor Swift's father, Scott

Matrix Media photographer Ben McDonald (pictured) was allegedly struck in the face by Taylor Swift’s father, Scott

The camera jolted and there was movement from behind the umbrella.

A security guard could be heard saying, ‘that wasn’t me, that wasn’t me’.

Mr McDonald asked: ‘Who was that?’

He then went to The Rocks police station and reported the alleged incident. 

Mr McDonald did not require medical attention and does not believe he will have lasting injuries, but has ‘very sore chops’ on the left side of his face.

Scott has been a fixture by his daughter’s side throughout her sold-out Eras tour.

He has been praised for handing out sandwiches to fans in the middle of a Sydney show, saying ‘help yourselves’.

The day before Taylor’s first show in Melbourne earlier this month, extra tickets were released but most had a limited view of the stage.

Scott walked around handing out VIP passes so excited fans would have access to better seats.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Taylor’s representatives for comment. 

Scott has been a fixture by his daughter's side throughout her sold-out Eras tour Down Under (pictured together)

Scott has been a fixture by his daughter’s side throughout her sold-out Eras tour Down Under (pictured together) 



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