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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Tennessee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 20, 2018

Texas Man Facing Federal Charges After Threatening Letters Sent to Taylor Swift's Record Label

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – September 20, 2018 – A federal criminal complaint was issued yesterday charging Eric Swarbrick, 26, of Austin Texas, with interstate stalking and sending interstate communications with the intent to threaten, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

“Too often, we have seen the consequences of ignoring signs of escalating violent behavior by some individuals,” said U.S. Attorney Cochran.  “The attention given to this matter by our law enforcement partners and the resulting federal charges we have brought should serve to prevent a future tragic event.”

According to the complaint, in January 2018, Big Machine Label Group (“BMLG”) in Nashville, began receiving letters from Swarbrick expressing his desire for BMLG CEO Scott Borchetta to introduce him to BMLG client Taylor Swift.  In one letter, Swarbrick acknowledges that he has been wandering around the offices of BMLG in the past.  Over time, the letters became increasingly violent and sexual in nature, with at least 40 letters and emails being received by BMLG. 

The complaint alleges that on three occasions, Swarbrick drove from Texas to Nashville and personally delivered letters to BMLG, including on August 2, 2018, at which time he was arrested by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  After being released from custody in Nashville, Swarbrick continued to send at least 13 threatening letters and emails before the end of August.  In many of the letters, Swarbrick expressed his desire to rape and kill Taylor Swift and in one he stated he would kill himself in front of Borchetta and his staff.

Swarbrick is currently detained in Travis County, Texas and will be transferred to the Middle District of Tennessee at an undetermined date in the future. 

If convicted, Swarbrick faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Siji Moore is prosecuting the case.

The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

           

 

Topic(s): 
Violent Crime
Contact: 
David Boling Public Information Officer 615-736-5956 david.boling2@usdoj.gov
Updated September 20, 2018