Man accused of threatening to rape, kill Taylor Swift facing federal charges

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - The man accused of sending threatening letters to superstar Taylor Swift has been indicted on federal charges.

Swift was granted a restraining order against the obsessed fan, Eric Swarbrick, 26, of Texas, who threatened to rape and kill her.

Investigators say Swarbrick has been sending Big Machine Label Group in Nashville written threats, boasting that no one can stop him from ending Swift's life. He claimed to have been in BMR offices.

A federal complaint was issued Wednesday charged Swarbrick with interstate stalking and sending interstate communications with the intent to threaten.

“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.”

Swarbrick is currently jailed in Travis County, Texas and will be transferred to middle Tennessee at a later date.

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

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