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Scooter Braun claims his kids are 'getting death threats' over Taylor Swift row

Julia Hunt
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Scooter Braun speaks in New York City in 2018. (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Fast Company)

Record boss Scooter Braun has written an emotional note to Taylor Swift, claiming his children have received death threats as a result of their ongoing row.

The talent manager shared a note from a troll saying they were going to buy a gun and shoot him and his family, as he begged Swift to try to resolve their conflict.

The pair have been at odds since the summer when Braun bought Swift’s former record label Big Machine – and with it the rights to her first six albums – which she said made her feel “grossed out”.

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Then this month the US singer claimed Braun and Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta were blocking her from performing her old songs at an awards show, which they denied.

Taking to Instagram to explain his fears for his family’s safety, Braun told Swift her words carried “a tremendous amount of weight”.

He said: “Since your public statement last week there have been numerous death threats directed at my family.

“This morning I spoke out publicly for the first time saying I wouldn’t participate in a social media war.

“However, I came home tonight to find my wife had received a phone call threatening the safety of our children as well as other threats seen above. I won’t go in to the details of this past week. I have been at a loss.

Taylor Swift attends the 2019 MTV Video Music Video Awards. (Efren Landaos/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“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 only after a deep breathe and much reflection.

“I am certain there is no situation ever worth jeopardising anyone’s safety.”

He 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.

“While disappointed that you have remained silent after being notified by your attorney 4 days ago of these ongoing threats, I’m still hopeful we can fix this.

Scott Borchetta and Taylor Swift at the 44th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in Las Vegas (Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

“We are living in a time of pointless violence and as a husband and father I am concerned.”

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Braun said the world was “filled with toxic division” and that he would prefer they had a conversation themselves instead of over social media, adding: “This game of telephone isn’t working.”

“Moving forward I would like to find a resolution,” he said. “I will make myself available whenever works for you.”

“If you would prefer to make large public statements while refusing to work towards resolving things amicably then I just pray that nobody gets seriously hurt in the process,” he added.

Braun has three children under the age of four with his wife Yael Cohen.