A Most Unlikely Taylor Swift Webmaster

Singer's legal reps square off against her one-time guitar teacher

It’s been an interesting year so far for Ronnie Cremer.

In early January, the 36-year-old Reading, Pa. computer technician and sideline musician went public via the New York Daily News with his version of how Taylor Swift learned to play guitar. It’s a minor biographical detail, perhaps, but one that the Swift PR team seems to have seriously fictionalized; they’ve seemingly shortened and inverted two years of truth:

“I never wanted to be the person who always begrudged someone’s success,” Cremer says. “And for whatever reason, and I don’t know if I’m even mad at the Swifts. It’s just that their publicity team, that doesn’t sell as good: A 36-year-old bald guy taught her. That ain’t gonna work. If you say, he worked with her six hours a week, it was basically Tuesdays and Thursday from 5 to 8. That ain’t gonna sell.”

Now comes the legal threat. Following the NYDN piece, Cremer registered the domain itaughttaylorswift.com. Late last week, he received a cease-and-URL-desist email from the superstar’s legal team.

But here’s the twist. In a Daily News follow-up, he tells the paper that he aims to launch a content site, not some sort of hub promoting his personal businesses:

Cremer says he now hopes to turn his website into a landing spot for untold Swift stories, and is not looking to make money.

“I would like to develop it,” he said. “It’s really not going to be a for-profit website. I’ve got nothing to sell on it. It’s going to be an informational website that basically lets people know what really happened.”

Cremer says he got a lot of hate mail from Swift fans following the Jan. 10 NYDN exclusive by Andy Martino. We imagine a whole new wave of haters are going to flood his inbox after the reporter’s latest piece.

In a clever move, Cremer has itaughttaylorsswift.com redirecting to the Feb. 10 Daily News article.

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