According to a TMZ reports, Kanye West told Kardashian to reach out to her White House connections over Rocky’s widely condemned holding. This reaching out, the report suggested, was met with agreement that Rocky was being treated unfairly overseas and assistance was needed.
Earlier this week, Rep. Adriano Espaillat and Congressional Black Caucus members spoke on the involvement of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a figure in the current administration who they argue could be doing more for Rocky and the two other men currently locked up in Sweden.
“We are calling on Secretary Pompeo to do more,” Espaillat said, perABC News. “This is not enough. It is unconscionable that young men that are doing well, they are on the right track in life, they’re very successful, they’re icons in the hip-hop community, are treated under these inhuman conditions.”
Taylor Swift is speaking out against Scooter Braun after finding out he acquired the record label that owns her musical catalog.
In a post published Sunday, the singer calls out Braun, who also manages singers like Ariana Grande and Carly Rae Jepsen, of “incessant manipulative bullying ” over the course of “years.” Swift accuses Braun of getting Justin Bieber and now-former client Kanye West to bully her online after Kim Kardashian released that “Famous” phone call audio to discredit her, as well as Taylor’s inclusion, via a nude mannequin, in Kanye’s “revenge porn music video” for the same song. “Now Scooter has stripped me of my life’s work, that I wasn’t given an opportunity to buy,” Swift writes. “Essentially, my musical legacy is about to lie in the hands of someone who tried to dismantle it.”
“Any time Scott Borchetta has heard the words ‘Scooter Braun’ escape my lips, it was when I was either crying or trying not to,” wrote the “You Need to Calm Down” singer. “He knew what he was doing; they both did. Controlling a woman who didn’t want to be associated with them. In perpetuity. That means forever.”
Bieber apologized for the 2016 photo, which he had captioned, “Taylor swift what up,” before chiding Swift for her Tumblr venting. “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 [S]cooter,” he wrote. “I usually don’t rebuttal things like this but when you try and deface someone I love’s character, that’s crossing a line.”
Five months after Swift first said West never ran the lyric “I made that bitch famous” by her, Kardashian branded Swift a “snake” and posted videos on her Snapchat of a private phone call between Swift and West, claiming the singer had approved of his “Famous” lyrics.
In similar news, Scooter Braun’s wife old Swift to “get the facts straight.”
“Let’s start with [Swift], whoa. Then let’s get the facts straight,” Yael wrote. “You were given the opportunity to own your own masters, you passed. Interesting that the man you’re so ‘grossed out’ by believed in you more than you believe in yourself. Your dad is a shareholder and was notified and [Big Machine founder Scott Borchetta] personally told you before this came out. So no, you didn’t find out with the world.”
She continued, “And girl, who are you to talk about bullying? The world has watched you collect and drop friends like wilted flowers. My husband is anything but a bully, he’s spent his life standing up for people and causes he believes in. He believes in and supports you, I sincerely hope you can learn to love and believe in yourself the way my husband does.”
She concluded, “Lastly, if you think he can control his clients, please control your fans. Leave our personal life and kids out of this. You don’t understand yet what line that crosses, but one day you will. And I hope you have the dignity, class and kindness to leave your fans out of this and have an open discussion. Tumblr can’t fix this, a phone call can.”
Taylor Swift‘s rep is doubling down on claims regarding how the singer found out about Scooter Braun’s $300 million purchase of her music catalog.
A source close to the deal tells PEOPLE Swift, 29, was given a courtesy note on Saturday by Big Machine Label Group from founder Scott Borchetta. According to TMZ, Taylor’s father, Scott, is on the board of directors of Big Machine Label Group and “has known about the deal for at least a week.”
However, a spokesperson for the Grammy-winning artist refutes TMZ’s claim telling PEOPLE, “Scott Swift is not on the board of directors and has never been. On June 25, there was a shareholder phone call that Scott Swift did not participate in due to a very strict NDA that bound all shareholders and prohibited any discussion at all without risk of severe penalty.”
The spokesperson adds, “Her dad did not join that call because he did not want to be required to withhold any information from his own daughter. Taylor found out from the news articles when she woke up before seeing any text from Scott Borchetta and he did not call her in advance.
On last night’s episode of ‘Watch Happens Live’ the legendary Chaka Khan and Adam Lambert made a guest appearance on Bravo’s hit series.
Chaka Khan told us how she really felt about how unhappy she was with Kanye West’s sampling of her song “Through the Fire” on his song “Through the Wire,” calling it stupid and says if she’s reached out to him about it.
“Very differently than the song turned out, obviously. He called me when he just got out of the hospital. He said, ‘You were so instrumental in my healing process. I changed the words a little bit to the song but I had to eat through a wire. Jaw’s wired shut through a straw.’ It meant that much to me. It really got my heart, tugged at my string. I was like, ‘Yeah, use it.’”
“Then when it came out, […] I was pissed. I thought it was a little insulting. Not insulting: I thought it was stupid! If I’d known he was gonna do that, I would have said, ‘Hell no.’”
“I didn’t. What can I say?” The best way to tell him is silence. And give him crickets.”
On a positive note, the Chicago native did say that she received royalties from the record.