Shocking news out of the music world today, as celebrated singer/songwriter Ryan Adams has been accused of sexual misconduct by several female artists, including his ex-wife, Mandy Moore.
In a scathing report published today by the New York Times, Moore and six other women detailed sexual and psychological abuse they allegedly endured at Adams’ hands.
Moore — who was married to Adams for six years before filing for divorce in 2015 — says that Adams took advantage of her career aspirations and her youth (she was 23 when they met; Adams was 10 years her senior) in order to manipulate her and engage in years of “psychologically abusive” behavior.
“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,” Moore told the Times.
“What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive,” she added.
“You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this.”
“Music was a point of control for him,” Moore said.
Singer Phoebe Bridgers recounted a similar situation, in which — as with Moore — Adams plied her with the promise of career opportunities before making his sexual intentions clear.
Bridgers says that despite some concerns about his behavior, she accepted an opportunity to open for Adams on tour, but quickly regretted it.
“The first day, he asked me to bring him something in his hotel room,” she told the Times.
“I came upstairs and he was completely nude.”
But perhaps the most shocking account comes from an aspiring musician identified only as Ava, who says Adams began sending her nude photos and other sexually explicit material when she was just 14 years old.
“If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol,” Adams messaged her at one point.
Through a statement from his attorney, Adams denies any wrongdoing:
“Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” Adams’ lawyer told the Times, adding, “if, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware.”
On Twitter, Adams’ tone quickly shifted from combative to apologetic.
Before the story broke, he posted a photo of the Times logo with a caption reading:
“Fuck you. You are kitty litter. Happy Valentine’s Day.” He also replied to one tweet before the story’s publication:
“Run your smear piece. But the leagel [sic] eagles see you. Rats. I’m fucking taking you down.”
After the story broke, Adams expressed remorse, while at the same time, denying most of the allegations against him.
“I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes,” he tweeted.
“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,” he added.
“I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought 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,” he added.
“I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing,” Adams concluded.
We’ll have further updates on this developing story as more information becomes available.