Scooter Braun wants to resolve his conflict with Taylor Swift in private.
Swift has used social media to address Braun and his new business partner – Scott Borchetta, the owner of Big Machine Records, the label that she released her first six albums for. Swift has maintained that Borchetta and Braun are preventing her from performing her old songs at the American Music Awards this weekend and that they refused to let a Netflix documentary about Swift use her music.
At the 2019 Entertainment Industry Conference, Braun — who had been silent on the matter — said that he believes that publicly addressing the situation won’t do anything to bring it to an end, according to a report in EOnline. “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.”
In a Tumblr post last week, Swift asked her fans to “Please let Scott Borchetta and Scooter Braun know how you feel about this. Scooter also manages several artists who I really believe care about other artists and their work,” she said. Braun’s roster includes Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and Justin Bieber. “Please ask them for help with this – I’m hoping that maybe they can talk some sense into the men who are exercising tyrannical control over someone who just wants to play the music she wrote.”
At the conference, Braun said that he wants to sit down and have a “closed-door” discussion with Swift to address their issues. He said that believes much of the controversy stems from “miscommunications,” which he wouldn’t discuss because he doesn’t want to “add to the narrative.”
He noted that the conflict has been taking a toll on him personally. “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 said. “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.”