Ryan Adams Accused Of Subjecting Women To Emotional & Verbal Abuse

By Scott Bernstein Feb 13, 2019 2:55 pm PST

Singer-songwriter Ryan Adams was accused of inappropriate behavior by several female musicians he previously worked with. The New York Times published a report in which the paper interviewed seven women and over a dozen associates who “described a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex.”

“Music was a point of control for him,” Ryan’s ex-wife Mandy Moore told the Times. She claims he treated her poorly and repeatedly told her, “You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument.’” Moore also accused Adams of dissuading her from working with other managers or agents so that he would be the main player in mapping out her career.

Phoebe Bridgers also spoke with the Times about her experience working with Adams. She accepted his invitation to visit his Pax-Am studio in 2014. “There was a mythology around him,” Bridgers said. “It seemed like he had the power to propel people forward.” The musical relationship turned romantic after Adams allegedly began sending suggestive texts. The situation went downhill according to Bridgers:

Yet in the weeks that followed, Adams’s attention turned obsessive and emotionally abusive, Bridgers said. He began barraging her with texts, insisting that she prove her whereabouts, or leave social situations to have phone sex, and threatening suicide if she didn’t reply immediately.

Bridgers decided to end the romantic part of the relationship and claims Ryan then held back the music they worked on and took back an offer for her to open shows for him. Pax-Am did release three of Phoebe’s songs in 2015. Ryan’s lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, said Adams had a different view on their romantic relationship which he described as “a brief, consensual fling.” Bridgers previously discussed her relationship with Adams in interviews last year with Fader and The Telegraph.

Additional claims of misconduct were made to the Times by singer-songwriter Courtney Jaye, as well as Adams’ former fiancée Megan Butterworth and a musician the paper names as “Ava,” who allegedly started conversing with Ryan online when she was 14-years-old. She claims Adams exposed himself to her via Skype.

“Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” said Bretter who denied the “extremely serious and outlandish accusations” the Times put forth and added that they were “grousing by disgruntled individuals.” Head here to read the full report from the New York Times.

Ryan Adams responded via a series of tweets:

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