Ryan Adams Apologizes Amid Harassment & Emotional Abuse Allegations: I've 'Made Many Mistakes'
The musician has denied the allegations — which include claims he had "sexual conversations" with an underage fan
In a series of tweets posted shortly after the release of a New York Times story — in which seven women accuse the singer-songwriter, 44, of being manipulative, controlling and obsessive — Adams apologized for his past “mistakes,” while also claiming the article “is upsettingly inaccurate.”
“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,” he began. “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 added, in reference to a 20-year-old woman named Ava who claimed in the Times story that Adams had “sexual conversations” with her when she was just a teen.
“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,” Adams wrote in a separate tweet.
According to the Times story, in the thousands of text messages Ava and Adams exchanged over the course of nine months, when she was allegedly between the ages 15 and 16, Adams frequently asked Ava, a fan, about her age. Although Ava sometimes claimed she was older than her actual age, Adams did not seem to believe her.
“i would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this,” Adams reportedly wrote to her in a message dated from November 2014, according to the Times. Days later he reportedly texted, “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol.”
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 says the allegations come from “disgruntled individuals” who blame the singer for personal or professional disappointments, according to the outlet.
Moore, 34 — who has previously opened up about her difficult marriage to Adams (they wed in 2009 and divorced in 2016) — has claimed her ex-husband took charge of her music career in 2010 three years after they first met when she was 23.
The actress also accuses her ex of being “psychologically abusive” and belittling 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.”
In a show of support, several celebrities have stood behind Moore and the other women named in the 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.”
“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,” Minka Kelly wrote on Twitter.
Actress and activist Amber Tamblyn also 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.”
In December, Adams announced he was 60 days sober, just two months after he went on a Twitter rant which appeared to be prompted by Moore’s interview with Glamour in which she discussed her emotional divorce.
“2018: you brought me to my knees,” he wrote alongside images of a “60 Days” pin and a selfie. “It turns out that’s where I needed to be: in prayer for everyone here or lost,” he continued. “In these trying times, God bless everyone struggling or on the path to empathy, kindness and recovery. Keep the Faith. & may the Faith keep you. XO.”
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