Todrick Hall calls Scooter Braun ‘homophobe’ as he defends Taylor Swift

Reiss Smith July 1, 2019
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Todrick Hall and Taylor Swift with a dancer

The album, titled Live from Clear Channel Stripped 2008, features live performances from a 12-year-old radio show Taylor Swift performed at. (YouTube)

Todrick Hall has branded Scooter Braun a ‘homophobe’ after Taylor Swift accused the manager of bullying her.

Swift spoke out against Braun—who manages artists including Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber—after it was announced that he had purchased the rights to her back catalogue as part of a $300 million merger with her former label.

Writing on Tumblr on Sunday (June 30) Swift said that she felt “sad and grossed out.”

She added that all she “could think about was the incessant, manipulative bullying I’ve received at his hands for years.”

Her accusations were refuted by Scott Borchetta—the owner of her former record label, and by Braun’s wife, Yael Cohen Braun—who wrote: “Girl, who are you to talk about bullying?”

Todrick Hall defends Taylor Swift against Scooter Braun

Hall, who recently collaborated with Swift on her queer-themed ‘You Need To Calm Down’ video,  came to his friend’s defence on Twitter.

He labelled Braun “an evil person whose only concern is his wealth and feeding his disgusting ego.”

“I believe he is homophobic and I know from his own mouth that he is not a Swift fan,” he wrote in the early hours of Monday morning (July 1).

Yael Cohen Braun and Scooter Braun
Scooter Braun with his wife Yael Cohen Braun. (Getty)

Allison Kaye, Braun’s long-time deputy and president of his management company SB Projects, called Hall’s tweet “disgusting and defamatory.”

She alleged that Hall was dropped by SB Projects after they found out he was “stealing from fans on your Christmas tour.”

“Scooter has been nothing but supportive of all disenfranchised groups. He is against dishonesty. Not those living in their truth,” she added.

Hall replied with a screenshot of his resignation email to SB Projects, which he said came two years after the Christmas tour.

Demi Lovato, who signed with Braun in May, became entangled in the row on Instagram, where Hall had shared a screenshot of his original statement.

In response, she urged him not to “spread information that isn’t true.”

“Making claims that someone is homophobic is really serious,” she said, offering to vouch for Braun “as a member of the LGBTQ+ community myself.

Lovato signed off: “No hate, just trying to clear that up.”

Todrick Hall and Demi Lovato clash

Hall took the conversation back to Twitter, writing: “Dear Demi, first off…why did you delete your tweet? Secondly, I love you and listen to your music religiously, but thirdly, you cannot compare your experience to mine, especially with someone I was with for six years and you’ve only just signed with.

“PSA, Just because you have a black friend doesn’t mean you can’t still be racist. And just because you’re not picketing against gay marriage doesn’t mean you’re not homophobic. I said what I said and I believe what I believe.”

Just because you’re not picketing against gay marriage doesn’t mean you’re not homophobic.

Calling on Braun to “stop using your one client who identified as queer to stand up for you,” he accused the manager and his team of “using” Lovato.

“There’s no way Demi saw my tweet,” he said, later acknowledging “I realised that Demi commented on Insta and doesn’t have Twitter.”

“Being black and gay in this industry is hard as hell, and was even harder when I signed with that man and unless someone has walked in my shoes…I don’t care to compare their experiences to mine,” he added.

Related topics: demi lovato, scooter braun, taylor swift, Todrick Hall

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