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

Monday, October 28, 2019

Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Interstate Stalking And Threatening CEO Of Big Machine Label Group

Letters Targeted Taylor Swift

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – October 28, 2019 –Eric Swarbrick, 26, of Austin Texas, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court, to interstate stalking and sending interstate communications with the intent to threaten, announced U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee. 

Swarbrick was charged in September 2018 and initially arrested in Travis County, Texas before being transferred to the Middle District of Tennessee. 

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 Taylor Swift, who at the time was a client of BMLG.  In one letter, Swarbrick acknowledged that he had 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 having been received by BMLG. 

On three occasions, Swarbrick drove from Texas to Nashville and personally delivered letters to BMLG, including on August 2, 2018.  On that date, Swarbrick attempted to gain entrance into BMLG’s office but was detained by security guards and 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 2018.  In many of the letters, Swarbrick expressed his desire to rape and kill Taylor Swift and in one letter, he stated he would kill himself in front of Borchetta and his staff.

Swarbrick is currently in the custody of the United States Marshal and will remain so until he is sentenced on March 6, 2020.  He faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Siji Moore prosecuted the case.

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Updated October 28, 2019