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July 16, 2019

Ryan Adams accused of sexual misconduct, emotional manipulation by multiple women, including ex-wife Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers

February 13, 2019
Ryan Adams faces multiple allegations of emotional manipulation and sexual misconduct, including an online sexual relationship with a minor. (Barry Brecheisen/Invision/AP)

More than half a dozen women claim that Grammy-nominated musician Ryan Adams has spent his career offering insight to young women trying to break into the industry, then turning cold and sometimes vengeful.

Among his accusers is a fan named Ava, who claims she began talking to Adams online in 2013, when she was just 14 years old.


By the time Ava was 15, Adams, now 44, had allegedly turned the conversations sexual, including Skype calls and phone sex during which he exposed himself, she told the New York Times.

Over a nine-month communication, Adams frequently promised to help Ava (her middle name) in her career. At the same time, she claims, he continued sexting her and asking for photographs.

“If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol,” he wrote in November 2014, when he was 40 and she was 16, according to messages seen by the Times.

Ava admitted that she sometimes lied and said she was 18, but that she never offered any evidence, despite his requests.

Ex-wife Mandy Moore, who was married to the singer from 2009 until they finalized their divorce in June 2016, told a similar story of manipulation.

Moore met Adams in 2007, when she was 23 and he was 33. A few years later, he began making offers to work on an album with her and essentially took over control of her career by 2010, she told the New York Times.

But they never actually recorded the songs they wrote together. The “This Is Us” star claims that he would book studio time for them, then replace her at the last minute.

Adams and Mandy Moore, shown at the 2010 premiere of "Tangled," were married from 2009 to 2016.
Adams and Mandy Moore, shown at the 2010 premiere of “Tangled,” were married from 2009 to 2016. (Eric Charbonneau/Invision/AP)

“He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician because you don’t play an instrument,’ ” Moore, now 34, told the Times.

“There was a mythology around him,” Bridgers, who began working with Adams when she was 20, told the Times. “It seemed like he had the power to propel people forward.”

The musician claimed that Adams invited her to the studio in late 2014 and raved at her performance, giving her a vintage guitar in exchange for the promise to record with him.

Bridgers says Adams turned flirtatious over text and moved quickly, discussing marriage a week after they began dating. But within weeks, she claims, he grew abusive, forcing her to drop everything to have phone sex and threatening suicide if she took too long to reply to his texts, she told the Times.

When they broke up, Adams allegedly pulled his offer to have her open for him and hedged about releasing their collaborations.

His ex-fiancée, Megan Butterworth, claimed that he relentlessly texted and called her after she left him in 2018, including threatening suicide.

Adams denied 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,” he tweeted after the Times article was published.

“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. 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.”

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