Published: Thu, February 14, 2019

7 women claim singer Ryan Adams was inappropriate

7 women claim singer Ryan Adams was inappropriate

The allegations involve Adams using his industry clout to pressure the women into uncomfortable situations.

Fans responses to the accusations against Adams have been swift and damning; on Twitter, many are sharing their grief at realising the man they idolised for many years may have been using his power in the music industry not just to get into the trousers of women he promised the world to, but also to stifle the career of his ex-wife Mandy Moore. Most shared stories of Adams offering them career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing them for sex. Their report describes Adams as reacting vengefully to women-including Moore, Bridgers and Jaye-who rejected his advances, retaliating with harassment and abuse both verbal and emotional.

In one of the more upsetting accusations against Adams, a woman named "Ava" claims that - after striking up an online dialogue with Adams when she was 14 years old - she and he engaged in phone sex and had Skype calls where Adams exposed himself; Ava provided the Times with over 3,000 text messages that Adams allegedly sent during a nine-month stretch when she was between 15 and 16 years old.

The singer and actor Mandy Moore, Adams's ex-wife, also told the newspaper he was psychologically abusive: "He would always tell me, 'You're not a real musician, because you don't play an instrument'". She said, "His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time - my entire mid-to-late 20s".

Forty-four-year-old Adams, who has recorded 16 studio albums (including a reimagining of Taylor Swift's 1989) and been nominated five Grammys during his his own two-decade-long career, said through his attorney Andrew B. Brettler that he denied "ever engaging in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage".

Managers for Adams did not immediately return an email seeking comment, but his lawyer denied the claims to the Times.

He added: "I am not a ideal man and I have made many mistakes".

"If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol", wrote Adams, who offered to produce her music as he created nicknames for her body parts and showed up naked in a video call.

After the article was published on Wednesday, Adams tweeted he's not "perfect" and apologized to those he's hurt "deeply and unreservedly". "You feel like there's no way other people have been treated like this".

On the same day the story surfaced, Ryan took his defense to Twitter and wrote, "the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate". I guess it's too late to change it now", she sings, later adding: "You said when you met me you were bored. I am happy for everyone and doing my best.

Adams, through his lawyer, disputed Bridgers' description of their relationship, calling it a "brief, consensual fling", and saying he never told her he would withhold her songs, the paper said.

ET has reached out to reps for Adams and Moore. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I though was underage. He added, "Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false".

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