Seven women including his ex-wife Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers and an underage girl, have accused Ryan Adams of sexual harassment and abuse. In the detailed New York Times report, Adams is shown to be controlling, manipulative and abuses his power in the industry over these women, something which he denies. He has a label Pax-Am, which is a part of Capitol and was known also as a producer. The reporting is based on interviews with the women and reviewing of texts and other electronic exchanges between Adams and his victims.
A woman, given the name Ava because she was just 14 when she first began her relationship with Adams detailed what it was like interacting with the musician. The relationship began on Twitter and then led to sexual conversations over text, phone and skype, where he eventually exposed himself to her. Adams would ask Ava for her age consistently. He had pet names for her body parts. In November 2014, when Adams was 40 and Ava 16, he said “I never see pictures of you anymore. You were blowing my mind.” He also said, “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol.” We know what type of monster R. Kelly really is.
Through his lawyer, Andrew Brettler of Lavely & Singer, a law firm great at making problems go away, denies the claims. He denies the “extremely serious and outlandish accusations” and “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” and also said that “if, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware.”
Brettler also goes on to try and discredit the victims (because of course), calling some of the allegations “grousing by disgruntled individuals.” Phoebe Bridgers just released two albums in the past six months as part of Boy Genius and now Better Oblivion Community Center and has been selling out venues across the United States. Her career has never been better. Mandy Moore is a star again with This Is Us and back as a star in Hollywood.
Adams started a brief relationship with Phoebe Bridgers when she was 20, promising to record for her. She was drawn to his artistry and image as a musician. He promised to release a record on vinyl and take her on tour in Europe, but in the end never did because she broke off the relationship when he started barraging her with texts, demands for phone sex and threatened suicide when she didn't respond right away.
Mandy Moore now considers Adams to be “psychologically abusive.” They were married for six years. He discouraged her from working with other producers or managers. “He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,’” she told the Times. “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.” He denies this.
The metoo movement hasn't really hit the music business, but it will and there are a lot of men who will go down.