Ryan Adams has been accused of engaging in a pattern of manipulative and abusive behavior that includes offering up career opportunities to female artists while at the same time pursuing them for sexual relationships, according to a new report from New York Times. Adams, through a lawyer, has denied the allegations.
The Times talked to more than a dozen sources within the music industry or connected with Adams who corroborate the characterization, including Phoebe Bridgers, Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, his ex-fiancée Megan Butterworth, Courtney Jaye, and a girl identified as Ava, who says she was 15- and 16-years-old when Adams exposed himself to her during a Skype session and exchanged sexually explicit text messages with her, including one that said “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol.”
Adams’ lawyer Andrew B Brettler says that, “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” adding that some of the allegations come from “grousing by disgruntled individuals.”
Read the full Times piece here. Stereogum has reached out to Adams’ representation for comment.
UPDATE: Adams has responded to the NYT article in a series of tweets:
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 though was underage. Period. 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.