At least seven women have reportedly accused singer Ryan Adams, the ex-husband of Mandy Moore, of sexual misconduct and allegedly teased women with career opportunities as he tried to pursue them for sex.
Moore says that he was psychologically abusive and would lord his accomplishments over her. Their report describes Adams as reacting vengefully to women-including Moore, Bridgers and Jaye-who rejected his advances, retaliating with harassment and abuse both verbal and emotional.
One woman, a then-aspiring bassist identified as Ava, claims she was 14 when she entered an online relationship with Adams that eventually led to sexual conversations and an instance when he exposed himself to her over Skype.
"He would always tell me, 'You're not a real musician, because you don't play an instrument, '" she said. "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", she said. Adams, through a lawyer, has denied the allegations. His lawyer said he recalled the interactions with the women differently and referred to some of the claims as "grousing by disgruntled individuals" who were trying to harm him, the paper reported.
The This Is Us star claims 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. However, he apologized "deeply and unreservedly" for causing unintentional hurt.
On Twitter, Adams apologised "deeply and unreservedly" to anyone he had hurt, saying he was "not a flawless man" who had made many mistakes.
"If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol", wrote Adams, who offered to produce her music as he created nicknames for her body parts and showed up naked in a video call.
"What you experience with him - the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior - feels so exclusive", Moore said of Adams. On Wednesday, prior to the publication of the article, Adams posted a since-deleted image of the New York Times' logo with the caption, "Fuck you". She highlighted a letter that Adams wrote to her in November 2014 that said, "I would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this". "You feel like there's no way other people have been treated like this".
Ryan Adams has called allegations made by seven women in The New York Times as "upsettingly inaccurate". He added, "Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false".
Singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers also detailed her relationship with Adams. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. "I just want you to touch your nipple", he texted, before again asking about her age. "And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing".
Yet five other women have also come forward and spoken about Adams' behaviour, including ex-fiancée Megan Butterworth, who split from Adams only a year ago and has since accused him of emotional abuse and harassment.
A rep for Adams did not immediately reply to Rolling Stone's request for comment, though the musician's tone shifted from defiant to apologetic in statements throughout the day.