Justin Bieber Calls Out Taylor Swift for "Crossing a Line" in Scooter Braun Controversy

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Scooter Braun (left) and Justin Bieber

"What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter."

Scooter Braun rose to fame as the prominent manager of Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande and other superstars — and his star client is now defending him to Taylor Swift after news of a lucrative business deal involving the ownership of her six-album catalog broke.

Earlier on Sunday, it was announced that Braun had agreed to acquire Scott Borchetta's Big Machine Label Group. The acquisition includes Swift's Big Machine catalog, and Swift wrote a passionate, barbed statement about the development shortly after the arrangement went public.

The singer-songwriter listed off her multiple issues with Braun and referred to "the incessant, manipulative bullying" she was subject to by Braun's clients -— namely Kanye West, who "organized a revenge porn music video which strips [her] body naked," (the video in question being the visual for his 2016 single, "Famous"), and Bieber, who made light of the tense dynamic between Swift and West on Instagram, which she referenced in her post.

Bieber eventually responded to Swift's comments with an explanation of his own — which began with an apology.

"First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive," he wrote in the caption of a throwback photo of the two pop stars. He took full responsibility for the post of him with Braun and West, and stressed that Braun "didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that."

Bieber then proceeded to continue to defend Braun, and accused Swift of bullying: "As the years have passed we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn’t fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter."

Several other artists spoke out in support of Swift, including Halsey, who wrote that she is "standing with her." Demi Lovato, who is also managed by Braun, weighed in on Monday to defend Braun. "I have dealt with bad people in this industry and Scooter is not one of them. He's a good man. Personally, I'm grateful he came into my life when he did. Please stop 'dragging' people or bullying them. There's enough hate in this world as it is," Lovato wrote on Instagram, adding that she stands up for people on her team.

Read Bieber's post in full, below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Hey Taylor. First of all i would like to apologize for posting that hurtful instagram post, at the time i thought it was funny but looking back it was distasteful and insensitive.. I have to be honest though it was my caption and post that I screenshoted of scooter and Kanye that said “taylor swift what up” he didnt have anything to do with it and it wasnt even a part of the conversation in all actuality he was the person who told me not to joke like that.. Scooter has had your back since the days you graciously let me open up for you.! As the years have passed we haven’t crossed paths and gotten to communicate our differences, hurts or frustrations. So for you to take it to social media and get people to hate on scooter isn’t fair. What were you trying to accomplish by posting that blog? seems to me like it was to get sympathy u also knew that in posting that your fans would go and bully scooter. Anyway, One thing i know is both scooter and i love you. I feel like the only way to resolve conflict is through communication. So banter back and fourth online i dont believe solves anything. I’m sure Scooter and i would love to talk to you and resolve any conflict, pain or or any feelings that need to be addressed. Neither scooter or i have anything negative to say about you we truly want the best for you. I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone i loves character thats crossing a line..

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This story first appeared on Billboard.com.

July 1, 7:30 a.m. Updated with Lovato statement.