An investigation was launched after Taylor Swift39s father was charged

An investigation was launched after Taylor Swift's father was charged with assault

An investigation was launched in Australia on Tuesday after a report was filed by a photographer who claimed he was attacked by American singer Taylor Swift's father, police said.

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“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,” the statement said a spokesperson Alicia McCumstie. “The younger man has reported the incident and the investigation is ongoing,” she added.

Photographer Ben McDonald told AFP that his alleged attacker was the father of pop star Scott Swift.

He said he was photographing Taylor Swift on a yacht in Sydney Harbor after her tour of the city when, he said, the singer's security guards held up an umbrella in front of him to stop her from continuing as the singer fell to the ground to the pier to board a vehicle.

After he left, the photographer said he was “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 dad,” he continued. “It was a shock, this has never happened to me in 26 years,” he added.

Australian police do not normally reveal the identities of people under investigation.

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