Ryan Adams Faces Allegations From Several Women
Ryan Adams is facing accusations from seven women, including ex-wife Mandy Moore, of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse.
After The New York Times published its report online Wednesday, Adams spoke up in a series of tweets.
“I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes,” he wrote. “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.”
Moore, whose seven-year marriage to Adams ended in 2016, claimed her husband was psychologically abusive and controlling.
Adams’ ex-fiancée Megan Butterworth also alleged that he physically intimidated her and harassed her online.
Adams’ lawyer Andrew B. Brettler told the Times his client denies both women’s allegations.
A woman identified only as Ava said she starting exchanging messages with Adams in 2013, when she was only 14. She alleged they eventually had sexually explicit conversations via text and Skype, where the singer exposed himself.
The Times reported that one text Adams allegedly sent in late 2014 read: “i would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this.”
In another, he allegedly wrote: “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol.”
Adams’ lawyer said his client “unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”
On Twitter, Adams also addressed the allegation. “I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.”
The Times report also contains allegations by musician Phoebe Bridgers that Adams was obsessive and emotionally abusive during their brief romance. After they broke up, she opened for him at several shows in 2017 and, on one occasion, he summoned her to his hotel room, where he was waiting “completely nude.”
Adams’ lawyer denied the incident and said their brief relationship was consensual.
Singer Courtney Jaye and two other women, who declined to be identified, also shared their memories of Adams.
Moore said she has connected with some of the women and they support each other. “What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive," she said. "You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this.”
Adams tweeted Wednesday night: “As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing."