Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers, and no less than a dozen ladies and associates have accused Ryan Adams of various levels of abuse, from psychological to sexual, together with no less than one account of sexual misconduct involving an underage woman. Per a New York Times investigation, Adams allegedly exchanged 1000’s of sexually express messages with a woman (recognized solely as Ava), whom he messaged on Twitter in 2013 when she was 14 and he was practically 40. According to the texts, considered by the Times, Adams repeatedly requested the woman her age and would coerce her into telling him she was 18 when he was unconvinced she was a minor and requested that she maintain their messages personal. “If individuals knew they might say I used to be like R Kelley [sic] lol,” he mentioned in a single message.
Texts from across the time she turned 16 present Adams showing to ask for sexually suggestive images of her. “I by no means see pics of you anymore. You have been blowing m my thoughts,” he wrote. (In Ohio, the place the woman lived, and in New York, the place Adams was on the time, it’s a federal offense to “solicit, alternate, or possess” nude images of a minor underneath the age of 18.) The woman says that the primary time they Skyped, Adams was bare when he answered. “It was simply sexual energy,” she says. Adams, his lawyer, denies her claims, saying he “unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate on-line sexual communications with somebody he knew was underage.” The assertion continues, “If, in reality, this girl was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware.” According to the Times, Adams’s lawyer “pointed to her performances in golf equipment and supplied images of Ava from that point, saying she seemed ‘roughly 20.’”
Moore, who was married to Adams from from 2009 to 2016, describes Adams’s habits throughout their relationship as “psychologically abusive.” She claims he made guarantees to help her music profession however by no means adopted via, blackballed her within the music business, and belittled her expertise. “He would at all times inform me, ‘You’re not an actual musician, since you don’t play an instrument,’” she says. “His controlling habits basically did block my means to make new connections within the business throughout a really pivotal and doubtlessly profitable time — my total mid-to-late 20s.” She provides, “I wish to make music. I’m not going to let Ryan cease me.” Adams disputes Moore’s assertion, telling the Times that her account is “utterly inconsistent along with his view of the connection” and that he was nothing however supportive of her “well-deserved skilled success.” He says he didn’t block her from working with different individuals.
Several feminine musicians who spoke on the file to the Times characterize Adams’s habits as manipulative, saying he used his place within the business to sexually proposition ladies in alternate for false guarantees of profession steerage. Singer-songwriter Pheobe Bridgers, who had a quick romantic relationship with Adams, says he started sending her “flirty” texts not lengthy into their skilled relationship when he mentioned he needed to file along with her. After “insisting” that she open for him on a European tour, Bridgers says Adams turned “obsessive and emotionally abusive” and harassed her over textual content, telling her to “show her whereabouts, or depart social conditions to have telephone intercourse, and threatening suicide if she didn’t reply instantly.” When she ended the connection and declined the touring supply, she says he turned “elusive” about releasing the music they’d recorded collectively however continued to pursue her. When she agreed to open for him in 2017 on the recommendation of a supervisor, Bridgers says that, on the primary day of the tour, he requested she come to his resort room the place he was allegedly “utterly nude.” Adams denies Bridgers claims, in addition to all different accusations of misconduct made within the Times piece.