The New York Times has published a bombshell report detailing a history of sexual abuse allegations against Ryan Adams. And it’s scary to ready that some of these reports involve underage girls, and honestly reading the report is a bit hard to stomach.
Some now say that Adams’s rock-star patronage masked a darker reality. In interviews, 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. 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 accounts have been corroborated by family members or friends who were present at the time, as well as by correspondence from Adams reviewed by The New York Times.
There is also more detail surrounding his previous relationship with singer Mandy Moore.
Only recently did the women discover that their experiences overlapped. And in the last few months, Moore and several others who said they were scarred by their relationships with Adams have found one another, creating a support system.
Dang. Very serious stuff. When the news first dropped, everyone needed to give it some room to breathe for a little bit until the fans sorted out the potential truths from the embellishments.
Ryan Adams took to Twitter immediately to issue a series of tweets that have since been deleted (via Spin):
It’s a bit concerning that he absolutely addressed the underage girl issue, which the FBI is now investigating. Adams was scheduled to appear in a European tour to support his new set of releases due out this year, and recently put out a new track with John Mayer and teased a new track with Bob Weir. That’s all on hold now, obviously.
It’s also important to note at this point that his ex-wife Mandy Moore actually gave an interview to WTF with Marc Maron a few weeks back referencing that Adams was a bit to handle in a full marriage situation, as she’s quoted in the article backing up the fact that he was at the very least emotionally abusive towards her. Then Phoebe Bridgers spoke up in regards to her own experience with Adams, and at this point even his own guitarist has spoken up and asked the singer to get help.
Here’s to hoping he can find the help he needs.
Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid a Price. [New York Times]