Enough is enough.
Scooter Braun finally released a statement regarding his conflict with Taylor Swift because he fears for his family’s safety. The big time manager posted a letter on Instagram explaining that he’s willing to work things out with Swift, but she’s dodged every attempt.
Braun also says his family has received “numerous death threats.”
You may recall Swift told her fans: “Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this.”
Braun said, “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. However I came home tonight to find my wife had received a phone call threatening the safety of our children.”
Braun shared a screen shot of a DM where the user wrote: “I will buy a gun tmr and them shoot you allin the head.”
“I assume this was not your intention but 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 way,” Braun continued. “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.”
“It almost feels as if you have no interest in ever resolving the conflict,” Braun wrote. “At this point with safety becoming a concern I have no choice other than to publicly ask for us to come together and try to find a resolution. I have tried repeatedly through your representatives to achieve a solution but unfortunately here we are. The game of telephone isn’t working.”
“It is important that I am clear — no artist should ever feel cornered or bullied… As the world now knows you can and should perform any song you 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.”
“Many have told me that a meeting will never happen as this is not about truth or resolution but instead a narrative for you. I am hopeful that is not the case,” he wrote. “I’m right here, ready to speak directly and respectfully. But if you would prefer to make large public statements while refusing to work towards resolving things amicably then I just pray that nobody gets seriously hurt in the process.”
Braun also publicly spoke out about the ordeal at the at the 2019 Entertainment Industry Conference this week.
“I haven’t talked about this in six months. Not once. I haven’t made a statement about it,” he said.
“I just think we live in a time of toxic division, and of people thinking that social media is the appropriate place to air out on each other and not have conversations. And I don’t like politicians doing it. I don’t like anybody doing it.”
He added, “If that means that I’ve got to be the bad guy longer, I’ll be the bad guy longer, but I’m not going to participate.”
He also touched on the death threats.
“It’s hard, because I can handle it pretty easily, but when it gets to a place where there’s death threats and there’s offices being called and people being threatened… it’s gotten out of hand,” he continued. “Right now we’re in a scary time where people say things and then people might not be in the right mindset and do really horrible things. And we’re inciting all of this by continuing these arguments in public. We just need to go behind closed doors and see if we can have a conversation. And if we’re not having conversations, then I don’t think we’re going to find resolution.”