Multiple women have come forward accusing singer-songwriter Ryan Adams of sexual misconduct and abusive behavior.
In an article published in The New York Times, Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, and a now-20-year-old fan who reported to have exchanged sexually explicit messages with Adams as a minor, are among those who say that he engaged in a years-long pattern of promising professional advancement in music alongside sexual advances, only to turn manipulative and abusive. The NY Times says it examined years of messages between Adams and the underage fan (referred to as “Ava” in the story) and uncovered many sexually explicit messages in which Adams acknowledged his fear of being discovered.
Ex-wife Moore described Adams during their relationship. “What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive. You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this.”
Adams has denied all claims to the New York Times via his lawywer, and further denied the accusations on Wednesday via multiple posts on Twitter, writing that “I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly…But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.”
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