Big Machine owner Scooter Braun is claiming that he and his family are receiving death threats as a result of his ongoing dispute with Taylor Swift.
In a long statement that he posted late at night, Braun said that, while it was not his style to engage in a public spat over business disputes, “I came home tonight to find my wife had received a phone call threatening the safety of our children as well as other threats. 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 after a deep breath and much reflection. I am certain there is no situation ever worth jeopardizing anyone’s safety.”
Braun went on to address Swift personally in the post.
He told her that, while he did not feel that it was her intention for people to threaten him and his family, “your words carry a tremendous amount of weight and that your message can be interpreted by some in different ways.”
He also indicated that he had notified Swift’s legal team of threats against him four days earlier without receiving a response from her.
The roots of the dispute between Braun and Taylor can be traced to Braun’s acquisition of Big Machine Label Group, which was founded by Scott Borchetta and which owns the rights to the first six Taylor Swift albums she recorded before signing with UMG a year ago.
The acrimony between Braun and Taylor has gotten so bad that she has threatened to re-record some of her old albums. The latest kerfuffle began when she claimed that Braun was preventing her from singing her old songs at the American Music Awards and at other events.
So far, neither Swift nor her representatives have commented on the alleged threats against Braun and his family.