Just a few days before Taylor Swift took the stage at the American Music Awards where, in addition to performing she took home an armful of trophies, including the coveted Artist of the Year and Artist of the Decade, the head of her former record label, Scooter Braun, spoke at the 2019 Entertainment Industry Conference addressing the issues between Taylor and Big Machine.
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According to Variety, during a Q&A session at the conference, Scooter said, “I think that these problems that are being discussed can be discussed behind closed doors and figured out pretty easily, and it’s something I’ve wanted to do for six months.”
However, later in the evening, he went on social media and addressed another alleged issue that has arisen since the rift between Taylor and Big Machine began in July. In an open letter, he revealed that the safety of his family and staff is now in question.
Scooter 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. 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 write this now only after a deep breath and much reflection. I am certain there is no situation ever worth jeopardizing anyone’s safety.”
Acknowledging that he felt certain that was not Taylor’s intention, he went on to remind the pop star of the power of her influence and added, “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.”
The industry executive closed by saying, “Moving forward I would like to find a resolution. I will make myself available whenever works for you. Many have told me that a meeting will never happen as this is not about truth or resolution, but a narrative for you. I am hopeful that this is not the case. I am 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 hurt in the process. I continue to wish you the best and hope we can resolve this.”
The last frame of Scooter’s Instagram post is a screenshot of a message saying, “Hi, why don’t you just die withyour [sic] children??? I will buy a gun tmr and them [sic] shoot you allin [sic] the head.”
It is unconfirmed if Taylor has responded to Scooter’s request to discuss the matter in person.