But after his wife received a phone call threatening the safety of their children on Thursday night, four days after he alerted Swift's attorney to the threats, Braun continued, he has decided to weigh in nonetheless. "I am certain there is no situation ever worth jeopardizing anyone's safety," the letter continues. "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 ways. " He then went on broaden his focus to society at large: "We are living in a time of pointless violence and as a husband and father I am concerned.
No doubt he'll soon be hearing from Swift's representative, Tree Paine, who issued a statement last week claiming that Borchetta had explicitly denied Swift's requests to license her catalogue for both the Netflix documentary and performance at the AMAs. (She also claimed that Big Machine owes Swift $7. 9 million in unpaid royalties, whereas Big Machine has claimed that Swift owes the label "millions of dollars and multiple assets.
On Friday morning, he addressed Swift via a lengthy open letter posted to Instagram, which included a screenshot of a DM from a user threatening to shoot Braun and his children. "Since your public statement last week there have been numerous death threats directed at my family.
According to Braun, who said that he's "open to ALL possibilities" that would allow them to move forward, he has attempted—and been rejected—to get in touch with Swift for six months, even with the help of several of her team members and their mutual friends. "It almost feels as if you have no interest in ever resolving the conflict," he 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.
While repeatedly stating that he is more than willing to "rectify the situation," Braun also repeatedly aired his grievances with Swift. "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," he said, adding that he is "frustrated with [her] accusations and respectfully disagree with many of [her] statements.
Braun then leveled his own accusations at Swift, writing that he has "never and would never say" that Swift couldn't or shouldn't perform certain songs from her catalogue. "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," he said.
Last Thursday, Swift publicly accused Braun and Scott Borchetta—who sold the label that Swift was originally signed to, Big Machine, along with the rights to the entirety of Swift's pre-Lover catalogue to Braun, this past June—of banning her from performing any of of that catalogue at the upcoming American Music Awards, as well as using it in an upcoming Netflix documentary about her career.
The Scooter Braun-Taylor Swift feud continues... https://t.co/Ag7QEP8hqA— W Magazine (@wmag) November 22, 2019