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Scooter Braun Speaks Out About Receiving Death Threats Over Taylor Swift Feud

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By Natalie Hunter

A lot has gone down since Taylor Swift accused Scooter Braun and Scott Borchetta of not allowing her to perform her old music while accepting her Artist of the Decade Award at the AMAs or include it in her Netflix documentary. Selena has come to Taylor's defense, Swift has been accused of lying and Swift has encouraged fans to boycott her own songs. However, the most serious outcome of the feud has fallen on Scooter's family. He wrote about his family receiving death threats over the feud on Instagram.

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"Since your public statement last week there have been numerous death threats directed at my family," Braun wrote in an alarming message on the social media platform on Thursday night. "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," he continued.

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"I write this now after a deep breath and much reflection. I am certain there is no situation ever worth jeopardizing anyone’s safety."

While he is sure that Taylor Swift didn't intend for the feud to escalate in this way, he warns of the power of mob mentality and explained to Taylor Swift, "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."

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He fears that the feud will never end.

"it almost feels as if you have no interest in ever resolving the conflict," he writes. "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," he added, concluding, "This game of telephone isn't working."

Scooter is hopeful for a resolution, writing, "I think that these problems that are being discussed can be discussed behind closed doors and figured out pretty easily. It's something I've wanted to do for six months. I just think it's gotten out of hand."

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While the previous attacks in the Scooter versus Swift war have seemed immature and superficial, the threats bring the feud to a different level, and Scooter wants out.

"I just think we live in a time of toxic division and people thinking that social media is the appropriate place to air out each other and not have conversations," he said. "I don't like politicians doing it; I don't like anybody doing it. And if that means that I've got to be the bad guy longer, I'll be the bad guy longer, but I'm not going to participate."

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