Mandy Moore and Six Other Women Accuse Singer Ryan Adams of Harassment and Abuse

Seven women have come forward to accuse singer and songwriter Ryan Adams of misconduct, including sexual harassment and emotional abuse.

Adams is the musical mastermind behind the work of some of music’s biggest artists including Willie Nelson and John Mayer. He has been nominated for seven Grammys over the course of his career and achieved numerous other acolades.

But recent reports have revealed that something much more sinister may have lied behind his musical genius than anyone ever thought.

In an article released by The New York Times, seven women accused Adams of manipulating them and propositioning them for sex.

Even Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore has accused him of harrasment.

“Music was a point of control for him,” Moore told the outlet.

Moore was married to Adams from 2009 to 2016 and she says that during that time Adams tried to control her career. He refused to allow her to work with other producers or managers.

“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.

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One of the creepiest allegations against Adams is his contact with an underage girl. Adams began communicating online with a fan named Ava in 2013. She was only 14 at the time and had aspirations of having a career in music.

Eventually, their conversations turned explicit. Ava revealed to The New York Times that when they would call each other over Skype, Adams would expose himself to her.

Ava turned over her and Adams’ text communications to the news outlet. There were over 3,000 text messages between the two that were sent while Ava was 15 and 16.

Adams did ask Ava her age during the text correspondance. There were some instances where Ava would lie and say that she was older than she was, however further communication made it apparent that Adams knew that she was underage.

“I would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this,” he wrote at one point.

The two never met in person.

The New York Times also spoke to Adams’ lawyer Andrew B. Brettler who denied the accusations. He says that Adams never “engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”


Since the release of the article, Adams has taken to social media to defend himself.

“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,” he tweeted. “I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding, and healing,”

“I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes,” he continued. “To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly.”

Though he apologized to anyone that he may have hurt, he still claimed that the stories in the NYT article were false.

“But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate,” he wrote. “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.”

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