Ryan Adams is facing accusations of sexual misconduct and manipulative behavior in an explosive New York Times report published on Wednesday (February 13).
The 44-year-old singer-songwriter is accused by at least seven women and more than a dozen associates of having “dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex.”
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“In some cases, they said, he would turn domineering and vengeful, jerking away his offers of support when spurned, and subjecting women to emotional and verbal abuse, and harassment in texts and on social media,” the article went on to describe his alleged behavior, which reportedly included exposing himself to an underage girl.
“Music was a point of control for him,” said Mandy Moore in the article.
“He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,’” Mandy revealed.
“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.”
“What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive. You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this,” she continued.
“Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” said Ryan‘s attorney, Andrew B. Brettler.
His lawyer claims Mandy‘s account is “completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship,” and that he was supportive of her “well-deserved professional success.”
Ryan also reportedly tweeted and deleted the following: “Happy Valentines 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. Run your smear piece. But the leagal [sic] eagles see you. Rats. I’m f—ing taking you down. Let’s learn I bait [sic].”
For more on the accusations, head to NYTimes.com.