Man accused of threatening Big Machine Label Group over Taylor Swift pleads guilty

Eric Swarbrick (Metro PD photo)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A Texas man accused of threatening a CEO of Big Machine Label Group over Taylor Swift pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to interstate stalking and threatening on Monday.

Eric Swarbrick, 26, was charged in September 2018 and initially arrested in Travic County, Texas before being transferred to the Middle District of Tennessee, according to U.S. Attorney Don Cochran.

Swarbrick began sending letters to BMLG in January 2018 expressing his desire for CEO Scott Borchetta to introduce him to Taylor Swift, who was a client of the company at the time.

In one letter, Swarbrick admitted to previously wandering around the offices of BMLG.

The letters reportedly became increasingly violent and sexual in nature, with the company receiving at least 40 letters and emails.

Swarbrick drove from Texas to Nashville on three occasions to deliver the letters personally to BMLG, which included one incident on Aug. 2, 2018.

On that date, he tried to gain entrance into BMLG's office but was detained by security guards and arrested by the Metro Nashville Police Department.

After being released from jail, Swarbrick continued to send at least 13 threatening letters and emails to BMLG before the end of August 2018.

He expressed his desire to rape and kill Taylor Swift in many letters including one in which he stated he would kill himself in front of Borchetta and his staff.

He is currently in custody of the United States Marshal and will remain there until he is sentenced on March 6, 2020.

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