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14 February 2019 03:31

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Ryan Adams Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Seven Women – Variety

Ryan Adams has been accused of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse in a damning New York Times report where several women, including Adams' ex-wife Mandy Moore and emerging artist Phoebe Bridgers, claim that the singer-songwriter would turn offers to help their career into sexual advances and would emotionally abuse women with whom he was in relationships. In one of the more upsetting accusations against Adams, a woman named "Ava" claims that — after striking up an online dialogue with Adams when she was 14 years old — she and he engaged in phone sex and had Skype calls where Adams exposed himself; Ava provided the Times with over 3,000 text messages that Adams allegedly sent during a nine-month stretch when she was between 15 and 16 years old. "If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol," Adams allegedly wrote in one text message. "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 that "if, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware." One artist named Courtney Jaye said that Adams messaged her on social media and soon offered to both write songs with and produce Jaye's next album. According to the article, Adams initially offered to record some of Bridgers' songs at the studio and invited her to open for him on an upcoming tour, and the two soon began a romantic relationship.

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Ryan Adams Accused of Sexual Misconduct, Emotional Abuse by Seven Women

However, Bridgers claims Adams would later demand she "leave social situations to have phone sex, and threatening suicide if she didn't reply immediately," the Times writes. Even Adams' ex-wife Mandy Moore, who was married to the singer for seven years, came forward with allegations that Adams was "psychologically abusive" and that he tampered with her career by dissuading her from working with other producers. "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. Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has been accused of sexual misconduct and manipulative behavior, according to a New York Times article published Wednesday. Seven women and more than a dozen associates "described a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex," the article claims.

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Singer/actress Mandy Moore, Adams' ex-wife, says in the article, "Music was a point of control for him." "Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage," said Adam's attorney, Andrew B. Adams recalled the interactions with the women differently, his lawyer said, referring to some of the allegations as "grousing by disgruntled individuals" who blamed him for personal or professional disappointments. While the relationship started off as strictly musical, the article says Adams began sending Bridgers "flirty texts," she said, and a "whirlwind romance" ensued. Bridgers said Adams began discussing marriage less than a week into their relationship, and insisted that she open for him on his European tour. For her part, Mandy Moore, who was 23 at the time their relationship began, convinced her to fire her manager and effectively took control of her musical career.

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Through his lawyer, Adams called Moore's characterization of their time together "completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship," adding that he was supportive of her "well-deserved professional success." Adams, through his lawyer, said that while he "has communications online with various fans and aspiring musicians," he "does not recall having online communications with anyone related to anything outside of music." The lawyer added that "if, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware." He pointed to her performances in clubs and provided photos of Ava from that time, saying she looked "approximately 20." Prolific singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has been accused by seven women and more than a dozen associates of a pattern of manipulative behavior, mentoring young female musicians while simultaneously pursuing them for sex, The New York Times reports. Text messages obtained by the Times show that when Ava was 15 and 16, Adams repeatedly asked about her age in sexually charged texts. "You were blowing my mind." Days later, he allegedly wrote, "I just want you to touch your nipple." Adams' ex-wife, the singer and actress Mandy Moore, told the Times that she eventually came to view his behavior with her as being psychologically abusive. According to Moore, Adams repeatedly told her she wasn't a real musician and blocked her from making connections in the music industry. According to multiple women, Adams would offer career help, then verbally abuse and harass them if they rejected him sexually.

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Adams has denied the claims through his lawyer, and said that he did not have the power to make or break careers. The This Is Us star--in addition to several other women--is quoted in a New York Times piece published on Wednesday which includes numerous allegations of various forms of abuse by musician Ryan Adams. Moore, who was married to Adams from 2009-2016, claims in the piece that the 44-year-old musician was psychologically abusive during their relationship, further alleging that he was controlling in ways that ultimately hurt her music 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 further alleges in the piece. Adams' lawyer told the Times that Moore's allegations were "completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship," and that he supported her "well-deserved professional success." According to text messages reviewed by the Times, Adams allegedly questioned Ava repeatedly about her age, during which she did at times claim to be older than she was.

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The piece continues on to claim that Adams seemed unconvinced by Ava's responses about how old she was but allegedly continued on with their sexual conversations. Days later, the piece claims Adams sent Ava the message, "If people knew they would say I was like R Kelly lol." "Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage," Adams' lawyer told the Times. After the story was published, Adams took to Twitter to deny the allegations, while also apologizing to anyone he's hurt over the years. Ryan Adams Apologizes For His Response to Mandy Moore's Divorce Comments Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Speaking at a Politico event, shadow chancellor John McDonnell called Churchill a "villain" John McDonnell has branded Sir Winston Churchill a "villain" over his role in dealing with striking miners in 1910. Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has branded Winston Churchill a "villain" as he highlighted the wartime Prime Minister's treatment of striking Welsh miners more than 100 years ago.

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