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Producer in Taylor Swift Feud Shares His Side

Painted as 'the bad guy,' Scooter Braun says he just wants communication
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 22, 2019 7:55 AM CST
This combination photo shows Taylor Swift at the Billboard Music Awards on May 1, 2019, left, and Scooter Braun at the 2019 MOCA benefit in Los Angeles on May 18, 2019.   (Photos by Richard Shotwell, left, and Mark Von Holden/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – The producer Taylor Swift accuses of withholding her early music is urging "communication" as he deals with death threats. "There have been numerous death threats directed at my family," Scooter Braun wrote on Instagram late Thursday, adding his wife had just received a call "threatening the safety of our children." Addressing Swift, the producer continued, "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." Earlier Thursday, Braun broke his silence on the pair's disagreement during a conference Q&A in Hollywood, acknowledging he'd been painted as "the bad guy," per Variety.

"I haven't talked about this in six months, not once … and that's hard," he said, per CNN. "It's hard because when there's a lot of things being said, and a lot of different opinions, yet the principals haven't had a chance to speak to each other, there's a lot of confusion." The issues "can be discussed behind closed doors and figured out pretty easily, and it's something I've wanted to do for six months," he said. Following Swift's Nov. 14 post, which urged fans to let their feelings be known, her former label Big Machine Records claimed her narrative "does not exist." It later said Swift was free to perform her old music at Sunday's American Music Awards. (Read more Taylor Swift stories.)

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