What, me? Never! Ryan Adams slams sexual misconduct claims
Singer says allegations by seven women who say his offers to help their careers turned sexual, are inaccurate
Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has hit back at a report in which women accused him of sexual misconduct after he offered to help them with their music careers.
Seven women reportedly claimed the 44-year-old offered to help them with their music careers but then turned things sexual, and he sometimes became emotional and verbally abusive.
A 20-year-old female musician, identified by her middle name Ava, said Adams had inappropriate conversations with her while she was 15 and 16, the New York Times reported.
Adams’s ex-wife, actress and singer Mandy Moore, claimed Adams was psychologically abusive toward her throughout their marriage. Their divorce was made official in 2016.
The Times maintained the accounts have been corroborated by family members or friends who were present at the time.
Adams’s lawyer denied the claims to the Times.
Responding to the report on Twitter, Adams said: “I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologise 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 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. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.”
Adams released his debut album in 2000 and has earned seven Grammy nominations. He famously covered Taylor Swift’s Grammy-winning 1989 album in 2015, a year after its release. He has also worked as a producer behind the scenes for acts like Willie Nelson and Jenny Lewis. Last month Adams performed at a tribute concert for the late rock singer Chris Cornell.
Ava said Adams constantly questioned her about her age throughout the nine months they exchanged text messages. The report said she never showed him any identification, and he had pet names for her body parts.
“Mr Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” Andrew B Brettler, Adams’s layer, told the Times.
The singers Phoebe Bridgers and Courtney Jaye claimed Adams behaved inappropriately during their relationships. Bridgers said in 2018 she met Adams in 2015. ”A mutual friend in LA was like: ‘Ryan would like you’. He really was just trying to get me recording and trying to get Ryan to hear me, but Ryan was like: ‘Let me see a picture of her’.”
Bridgers says she and Adams “ended up hanging out all night and recording a song together called Killer. Then, a couple of weeks later, he was suddenly trying to hook up with me. I was super-down and had just broken up with my high-school boyfriend. We slept together on his 40th birthday and I’d just turned 20.”
Moore, one of the stars of award-winning US TV show This Is Us, burst on the scene as a teen singer and had musical success in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She claimed Adams stalled her music career and told her “you’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument”.
“His controlling behaviour 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,” 34-year-old Moore told the Times.