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Investigation opened after complaint against Taylor Swift's father for assault

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Taylor Swift during a match Kansas City Chiefs with his father.

Agence France-Presse

An investigation was opened Tuesday in Australia after the complaint of a photographer claiming to have been assaulted by Taylor Swift's father, police said.

Police were informed that a 71-year-old man was accused of assaulting a 51-year-old man at Neutral Bay Wharf, a ferry terminal in Sydney's north, before leaving the scene, said spokeswoman Alicia McCumstie. The younger man reported the incident and the investigation is ongoing, she added.

The photographer, Ben McDonald, told AFP that his alleged attacker was the father of the pop star.

He said he was taking pictures of Taylor Swift on a yacht in Sydney Harbor after her tour in the city when, according to him, members of the American singer's security brandished an umbrella in front of him to prevent him from continuing when the singer went down to the pier to join a vehicle.

After his departure, the photographer claimed to have been hit in the ribs by a man. I didn't know who he was, but I looked at the photos and saw him holding Taylor's hands and it was her father, he said. It was a shock, it had never happened to me in 26 years, he added.

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La Australian police do not usually release the identities of people under investigation.

This case comes as Taylor Swift heads to Singapore this week, the only stop in Southeast Asia on her major tour The Eras .

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116