Scooter Braun has blamed Taylor Swift for threats made against him and his family.
In a statement, Braun explains the backlash received since Swift went public about her ongoing battle to obtain the rights to her music from the Big Machine Records label.
According to the Music-Manager, there have been numerous death threats towards his family, with one message received saying, “Hi, why dont you just die withyour children??? I will buy a gun tmr and them shoot you allin the head.”
Tagging Taylor into the statement, he wrote, “Since your public statement last week there have been numerous death threats directed at my family. This morning I spoke out publicly for the first time saying I wouldn’t participate in a social media war.
Don’t know what else to do pic.twitter.com/1uBrXwviTS
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) November 14, 2019
However, I came home tonight to find my wife had received a phone call threatening the safety of our children as well as other threats seen above. I won’t go into the details of this past week. I have been at a loss. Thinking of my wife and children, my team and their families, I have gone through a range of emotions on how to deal with this. I am certain there is no situation ever worth jeopardising anyone’s safety.”
The 38-year-old went on to believe that it wasn’t Swift’s “intention” to entice this reaction from her fanbase. He said, “It is important that you understand that your words carry a tremendous amount of weight and that your message can be interpreted by some in different ways. While disappointed that you have remained silent after being notified by your attorney 4 days ago of these ongoing threats, I’m still hopeful we can fix this.”
Braun continued to provide an element of ‘educating’ information forming part of his response to the Big Machine vs. Swift social media crisis, saying, “This is a world filled with toxic division where people express their opinion over social media instead of having conversations in person. I want no part in that. To be frank I was shocked and disheartened to hear that my presence in the Big Machine deal caused you so much pain as the handful of times we have actually met I have always remembered them to be pleasant and respectful.”
Commenting on the main cause of this backlash, Scooter clarified, publicly, that he’s “open to ALL possibilities.” — this marks the first time the Manager has publicly acknowledged the situation that Taylor pointed out last week. He’s asking for both parties “to come together and try to find a resolution.”
Further clearing up and acknowledging Swift’s comments that Big Machine was blocking her attempts to use her own music and performing them at the American Music Awards, Scooter clarifies, “As the world now know you can and should perform any song you would like at the AMAs. I have never and would never say otherwise. You do not need anyone’s permission to do so legally but I am stating it here clearly and publicly so there is no more debate or confusion.”
Finalising his statement, Justin Bieber’s manager says, “I’m right here, ready to speak directly and respectfully … I continue to wish you the best and hope we can resolve this.”
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