Musician Ryan Adams — who was married to Mandy Moore for seven years — is facing allegations of harassment and emotional abuse by his ex-wife and six other women.
In a New York Times story released Wednesday afternoon, seven women accuse the singer-songwriter, 44, of being manipulative, controlling and obsessive. A 20-year-old woman named Ava also claims Adams had “sexual conversations” with her when she was just a teen.
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.
In a series of tweets posted shortly after the Times story was released, Adams addressed the allegations:
“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,” wrote Adams.
“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,” he continued.
“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 concluded.
Moore, 34 — who has previously opened up about her difficult marriage to Adams (they wed in 2009 and divorced in 2016) — says her ex-husband took charge of her music career in 2010 three years after they first met when she was 23.
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.
The actress also says he was “psychologically abusive” and belittled 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.”
Adams’ ex-fiancée Megan Butterworth — the pair split in 2018 — also claims the musician was controlling and emotionally abusive during their relationship.
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While she says he never hit her, Butterworth claims Adams was “rageful” and physically intimidated her as well as harassed her online. The Times says they reviewed “dozens” of messages that included “emotional pleas and vitriol,” as well as threats of suicide. Adams also denied Butterworth’s claims via his lawyer.
Musician Phoebe Bridgers, singer Courtney Jaye and two female singer-songwriters who remained anonymous in the Times story all had similar claims of harassment against Adams. (Bridgers and Jaye declined to comment to PEOPLE.)
Bridgers alleges Adams once asked her to “bring him something in his hotel room” where he was “completely nude” when she showed up. Jaye alleges Adams made moves on her during a recording session, and the pair “wound up in bed, but didn’t have sex” after she tried and failed to “deflect his attention.” Adams’ lawyer denied Bridgers’ and Jaye’s allegations to the Times.
In December, Adams announced he was 60 days sober 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 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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