Ryan Adams has been accused of serious psychological abuse by Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers and five other women.
In a new expose by the New York Times, it is revealed that the successful singer-songwriter and record producer dangled to t carrot of success, offering to assist the women with their music careers before quickly pursued the women sexually.
Mandy Moore, the singer-songwriter and actress who was married to Adams for ten years, has gone on record to accuse her former husband of being controlling and actively stopping her professional career from growing: “His controlling behaviour 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 said in the interview with the New York Times.
For Phoebe Bridgers, whose career has skyrocketed in the last 12 months, released her major label debut 7″ Killer on Adams’ record label PAX AM, was invited to attend his studio as a major break at the beginning of her career. Bridgers’ and Adams began a romantic relationship until, in her own words, he allegedly “turned obsessive and emotionally abusive.” When the relationship came to an end, Bridgers also claims that Adams threatened to stop the release of her music and withdrew an offer of a support slot in his then tour dates.
Furthermore, Bridgers claims that Adams exposed himself prior to a live show in 2017.
The third woman, musician Courtney Jaye, who was 35 and unsigned when Adams messaged her on Twitter and offered a chance to help with her music, describes him ‘Hurricane Ryan’ because of his alleged tendencies to focus on her physical appearances. Jay claims the two of them ended up in bed during that writing session, but didn’t have sex.
The fourth woman, known only by her middle name of ‘Ava’ due to her age at the time of meeting Adams, claims she started an online relationship with the musician when she was 14-years-old. It is alleged that Ava, a budding bass player and fan of Adams at the time, sent thousands of messages to each other and many are thought to have included Adams repeatedly asking her age.
The five women to speak on the record about alleged abuse wanted to remain anonymous.
Andrew B. Brettler, the attorney of Ryan Adams, issued a strict denial in a statement. “ Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” and also denied the “extremely serious and outlandish accusations” detailed in the Times’ reporting. Brettler called some of the allegations “grousing by disgruntled individuals.”
Read the full expose by The New York Times, here.