7 women claim singer Ryan Adams was inappropriate

Joann Johnston
February 14, 2019

You can read the Times report in full here. To tell her story, the This Is Us actress banded with six other women, including Phoebe Bridgers and a then underaged musician, most of whom told a similar narrative: Ryan, who has accrued seven Grammy nominations, allegedly used his prestige to bait them with promising careers "while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex" and "exploited them", according to interviews the women provided to the Times.

'He would always tell me, You're not a real musician, because you don't play an instrument, ' Moore recalled.

Another young musician - who went by "Ava" in the report - started talking to Adams when she was just 14 years old in 2013, and said that their conversations would start on her career and quickly turn sexual.

Bridgers told the Times that Adams soon became emotionally abusive, as he "began barraging her with texts, insisting that she prove her whereabouts, or leave social situations to have phone sex, and threatening suicide if she didn't reply immediately".

"I would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this", he wrote to her in 2014.

Also through his attorney, Adams believes that numerous women who are accusing him of the aforementioned behavior are just upset their careers didn't work out the way they wanted and are thus taking it out and laying the responsibility on him.

In response to the report, Adams' attorney Andrew B. Brettler denied all allegations.

Adams' ex-wife, Mandy Moore, and his ex-fiance Megan Butterworth both described a controlling and emotionally abusive relationship.

Adams also apparently lashed out at the Time Adams in a now-deleted Instagram post.

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"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", she said.

Bridgers told the paper that after she broke off the relationship, he became evasive about releasing the music they had recorded together and rescinded an offer to have her open his upcoming concerts.

He took control of her music in 2010 but wouldn't record with her, regularly bumping her to work with other female musicians and discouraging her from working with anyone else, lashing out when she questioned him. Then I realized how many painkillers I was taking.

"What you experience with him - the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behaviour - feels so exclusive", Moore said. "And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing", wrote Adams. "I'm not going to let Ryan stop me".

"I am not a flawless man and I have made many mistakes", he wrote in the first of three new tweets.

Adams continued to call the article "upsettingly inaccurate". Speaking on the accusation of sending flirty messages to a minor, he added, "I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage". Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I guess it's too late to change it now", she sings, later adding: "You said when you met me you were bored.

'I apologize for my remarks, ' the North Carolina native tweeted.

According to The Times, over the past few months, several women left scarred by their relationships with Adams - including Moore - have found one another and formed a support network.

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