Taylor Swift Reportedly Has ‘No Regrets’ About Speaking Out Against Scooter Braun
On June 30, Taylor Swift posted a letter to Tumblr detailing her thoughts on Scooter Braun acquiring Big Machine Label Group, the pop star’s original label. In the acquisition, Braun gains the rights to Swift’s former albums.
“For years I asked, pleaded for a chance to own my work. Instead I was given an opportunity to sign back up to Big Machine Records and ‘earn’ one album back at a time, one for every new one I turned in. I walked away because I knew once I signed that contract, Scott Borchetta would sell the label, thereby selling me and my future. I had to make the excruciating choice to leave behind my past,” she wrote in her post. “Some fun facts about today’s news: I learned about Scooter Braun’s purchase of my masters as it was announced to the world. All I could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”
She referred to the deal as her “worst case scenario.”
“Never in my worst nightmares did I imagine the buyer would be Scooter. Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to. He knew what he was doing; they both did,” she wrote.
Scott Borchetta’s response to Taylor Swift’s allegations
After Swift published her letter to Tumblr, Borchetta responded with his own letter on the label’s website.
“So, it’s time for some truth…” the letter begins.
“Taylor’s dad, Scott Swift, was a shareholder in Big Machine Records, LLC. We first alerted all of the shareholders on Thursday, June 20th for an official shareholder’s call scheduled for Tuesday, June 25th. On the 6/25 call the shareholders were made aware of the pending deal with Ithaca Holdings and had 3 days to go over all of the details of the proposed transaction […] Out of courtesy, I personally texted Taylor at 9:06pm, Saturday, June 29th to inform her prior to the story breaking on the morning of Sunday, June 30th so she could hear it directly from me,” Borchetta wrote.
He goes on to claim the deal he offered Swift gave her “100% of all Taylor Swift assets … to be transferred to her immediately upon signing the new agreement.”
He also claimed to have no knowledge of the bullying Swift wrote of in her letter.
“As to her comments about ‘being in tears or close to it’ anytime my new partner Scooter Braun’s name was brought up, I certainly never experienced that,” he wrote. “Scooter was never anything but positive about Taylor.”
Taylor Swift has no regrets
In the aftermath, both parties received a good amount of backlash. Despite the criticism she’s received, Swift says she doesn’t regret posting her letter.
“She has no regrets expressing her thoughts about Scooter acquiring her music catalog,” a source tells People. “She wanted to share her truth with her fans.”
Even after Borchetta posted his response, Swift and her lawyer are sticking to the pop star’s original perspective.
“Scott Borchetta never gave Taylor Swift an opportunity to purchase her masters, or the label, outright with a check in the way he is now apparently doing for others,” her lawyer Donald Passman told People in a statement.