Ryan Adams has been accused of psychologically abusive behavior, harassment, and other inappropriate behavior by a number of women, including his ex-wife Mandy Moore, as well as musicians Phoebe Bridgers and Courtney Jaye.
The allegations were published Wednesday by the New York Times.
Both Moore, who was married to Adams from 2009 to 2016, and his ex-fiancée, Megan Butterworth, went on record with the Times. So, too, did Bridgers and Jaye, who previously collaborated with Adams. All four women — as well as two other musicians who asked not to be identified — recounted Adams’ “psychologically abusive” behavior.
Moore accused Adams of being overly controlling and stunting her professional career. “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 said.
Both Bridgers and Jaye detailed similar interactions with Adams, which began with intense flattery and offers to collaborate. However, as their respective relationships progressed, Adams’ behavior “turned obsessive and emotionally abusive.” Bridgers said when she broke up with Adams, he rescinded an offer for her to open an upcoming tour and threatened to withhold the release of her music. Bridgers also accused Adam of exposing himself prior to a concert in 2017.
Another woman, identified only by “Jade”, said she and Adams began an online relationship when she was only 14 years old. Jade told the Times that Adams repeatedly asked about her age and asked her to keep their conversations private. Several times, their interactions became explicit.
Adams’ attorney, Andrew B. Brettler, said in a statement, “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” and also denied the “extremely serious and outlandish accusations” detailed in the Times report, calling some of the allegations “grousing by disgruntled individuals.”
Adams himself addressed the article prior to its publishing. In a since-deleted Instagram post, he shared an image of the New York Times logo with the caption, “Fuck you.” Meanwhile, in a since-deleted tweet, he wrote, “Happy Vanetines day @nytimes. I know you got lawyers. But do you have the truth on your side. No. I do. And you have run out of friends. My folks are NOT your friends.”
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