Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has responded to a report accusing him of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse — and his ex-wife Mandy Moore is among seven women who came forward with disturbing allegations.
An exposé published in the New York Times Wednesday accused Adams, 44, of using his stardom to manipulate women, typically younger, by enticing them with career opportunities that often did not pan out — especially when a woman rejected his advances. One of the women who came forward, a bassist named Ava, was 14 in 2013 when the Grammy award-winning singer reportedly forged an online relationship with her.
The New York Times claimed to have reviewed more than 3,000 messages sent between the pair in a nine-month period (when Ava was 15 and 16). Those messages reportedly included conversations in which Ava told Adams her age but Adams was adamant she was older than she claimed. Despite this, Adams would engage in sexual conversations with the teen and instruct her not to tell anyone about it.
Ava recalled an instance in which she agreed to have a video Skype conversation with Adams and he was naked when the call connected. While Adams reportedly talked to Ava about recording together, she told the newspaper that she was “put off” by the incident and never played another gig.
Adams’ lawyer told the newspaper that his client had corresponded with fans and aspiring musicians but “does not recall having online communications with anyone related to anything outside of music.” The lawyer also claimed that if Ava was underage, Adams was “unaware.”
Moore, 34, also spoke out against her ex-husband in the feature. Moore was reportedly 23 when she met Ryan, a decade her senior, in 2007. The singer married Adams in 2009 and their divorce was finalized in 2016. She characterized their relationship as emotionally abusive, accusing Adams of smothering her music career and patronizing her because she didn’t play an instrument.
“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,” she said.
“Music was a point of control for him.”
The Whiskeytown frontman took to Twitter Monday evening to apologize. However, he stepped back on his apology in a subsequent tweet, accusing The Times of lobbying “upsettingly inaccurate” claims against him in their article. Moreover, in an apparent deleted tweet screencapped by Jezebel writer Ashley Reese, he called the newspaper “rats” and threatened to “take them down.”
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.
— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) February 13, 2019
“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,” he wrote.
“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.”
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