Washington: American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, who was married to actor-singer Mandy Moore, is facing allegations of harassment and emotional abuse by his former wife and six other women.
In a New York Times story cited by People, several women accused the 44-year-old singer of being controlling and obsessive.
According to the report, a 20-year-old woman named Ava also claimed that Adams had “sexual conversations” with her when she was just a teenager.
Adams’ lawyer Andrew B. Brettler denied the claims against his client to the Times, stating that the singer was never “engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”
Brettler also said that the allegations come from “disgruntled individuals” who blamed his client for personal or professional disappointments, according to the outlet.
Adams addressed the allegations against him in a series of tweets that he posted shortly after the story was released.
“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.
Claiming that the article put out against him is inaccurate, he wrote, “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,” he wrote in another tweet.
Moore got married to Adams in 2009 and the two divorced in 2016. The 34-year-old actor, who has previously opened up about her difficult marriage, said that her ex-husband took charge of her music career in 2010 three years after they first met.
The ‘This Is Us’ star went on to share that he “discouraged” her from working with other producers and managers. She also revealed how after writing songs together Adams would “replace her with other female artists” when they had to record the tracks.
The actor claimed that he was “psychologically abusive” and belittled her musical abilities and skills.
“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 told the Times.
However, Adams denied all allegations made by Moore through his lawyer, saying her “characterization” of their relationship is “completely inconsistent with his view.”
Adams’ ex-fiancée Megan Butterworth also claimed that the musician was controlling and emotionally abusive during their relationship. The former couple split in 2018.
While she added that he never hit her, Butterworth claimed that Adams was “rageful” and intimidated her as well as harassed her online. Adams also refused Butterworth’s claims via his lawyer.
Musician Phoebe Bridgers, singer Courtney Jaye and two other female artists who remained anonymous in the Times story also had similar allegations of harassment against Adams.
Bridgers alleged that Adams once asked her to “bring him something in his hotel room” where he was “completely nude” when she showed up. Jaye claimed that Adams tried on her during a recording session and the two “wound up in bed, but didn’t have sex” after she tried and failed to “deflect his attention.” Adams’ lawyer also denied Bridgers’ and Jaye’s allegations to the Times.
In December 2018, Adams announced that he was 60 days sober, months after he went on a Twitter rant which appeared to be because of Moore’s interview with Glamour in which she discussed her divorce.