Mandy Moore Speaks Out After Alleging Ex Ryan Adams Was 'Psychologically Abusive' in New Report
Musician Ryan Adams is facing allegations of harassment and emotional abuse by his ex-wife Mandy Moore and six other women
In the article, Moore, 34 — who has previously opened up about her difficult marriage to Adams (they wed in 2009 and divorced in 2016) — said her ex-husband, now 44, took charge of her music career in 2010 three years after they first met when she was 23.
The This Is Us star claimed he “discouraged” her from working with other producers and managers, but after writing songs together Adams would “replace her with other female artists” when it came time to record the tracks.
The actress also said he was “psychologically abusive” and belittled her musical abilities. “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.
Adams denied Moore’s claims via his lawyer, saying her “characterization” of their relationship is “completely inconsistent with his view.”
“Speaking your truth can be painful and triggering but it’s always worth it,” Moore wrote on Instagram after the article was published. “My heart is with all women who have suffered any sort of trauma or abuse. You are seen and heard. #sisterhoodforever.”
Several celebrities have spoken out in support of Moore and the other women named in the New York Times article.
Sophia Bush commented on Moore’s Instagram post, writing, “I see you. I hear you. I know it hurts and I thank you for doing it anyway. We’ve all got your back, sister.” Moore’s A Walk to Remember costar Shane West commented, “Warmest hug EVER to the strongest woman I know.”
On Twitter, Minka Kelly wrote, “I am so proud of the graceful, class act that you are, @TheMandyMoore. You are stronger and braver than most. What a joy it has been to watch you soar these past three years. You’ve only just begun.”
Singer Vanessa Carlton wrote, “Thank you to Mandy, Phoebe, Courtney and others for speaking out. This is an important article. This also cracks the door on more like him in our industry. There are more.”
Actress and activist Amber Tamblyn tweeted, “I know a few women who have dated this man and these claims are definitely true. I believe Mandy Moore and the women who put their necks and careers on the line to tell their stories. We’ve got your backs.”
“I’m deeply disturbed by the allegations,” model and musician Karen Elson, whose acrimonious divorce from rocker Jack White also made headlines, wrote on her Instagram Story. “I support all the women who are coming forward to share their experiences of trauma and abuse. These women are tremendously courageous and are advocates on behalf of all women. Please be kind to them!”
Elson went on to post the below, which Moore reshared to her Story with a note.
Later on Thursday, Elson shared that she, too, had suffered “a traumatizing experience with Ryan Adams,” but said she wasn’t ready to give specifics about the incident.
“I hope all those speaking out are given the grace and dignity they deserve,” she wrote in a since-deleted post. “The trauma that lingers is often a very powerful silencer of women as is the business that enables these men to thrive without ever facing consequences.”
Moore shared a screenshot of Elson’s note on her Instagram Story, along with the message: “I❤️you so much and commend your bravery.”
In the New York Times story, released Wednesday afternoon, seven women accused the singer-songwriter of being manipulative, controlling and obsessive. A 20-year-old woman named Ava also claimed that Adams had “sexual conversations” with her when she was just a teen.
Adams’ lawyer Andrew B. Brettler denied the claims to the Times, saying his client never “engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.” Brettler also said the allegations come from “disgruntled individuals” who blame the singer for personal or professional disappointments, according to the outlet.
In a series of tweets posted shortly after the Times story was released, Adams addressed the allegations.
“I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly,” wrote the singer-songwriter.
“But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period,” Adams continued in another tweet.
“As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.”
The same year that her divorce was finalized, Moore exclusively spoke with PEOPLE about her six-year marriage and moving on after a painful divorce.
“My story deviated in a different direction than I expected,” Moore said of her split. “But ultimately, life is about being happy and fulfilled and sometimes that means making hard choices.”
Through it all, she tried not to focus on her pain.
“There are moments of being curled up in a ball on the floor,” Moore admitted. “It’s really hard. But I’ve moved on and progressed in the stages of grief and being angry and feeling the loss and all that. I do believe things happen for a reason. And I think I had that mantra moving through the trying times.”
There were plenty of joyful moments in her marriage too, Moore said. “There was a period in my life when it was so beautiful. And I had this really fascinating person [through whom] I got to see a completely different perspective on the world.”
But ultimately, “I wasn’t a participant in my own life for a while,” Moore told PEOPLE at the time. “I poured so much of myself into my personal life and when that wasn’t as fruitful as I hoped it would be and I extricated myself from that situation, I was able to realize I wasn’t honoring myself and my dreams and what I wanted in life.”
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