Ryan Adams denies report he had internet relationship with minor
Ryan Adams claims he does not recall having engaged in sexually charged text messages and conversations with a girl who was underage at the time and says he would not knowingly do so, following the publication of a report by the New York Times.
Adams, 44, also said in a statement posted to Twitter that “the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate.”
“Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false,” Adams wrote on Twitter. “I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.”
A woman, now 20, was identified by the Times by her middle name, Ava, because she was a minor at the time of her relationship with Adams.
She said she was 14 when Adams first made contact with her in 2013. A bass player, they began a conversation about music that evolved into graphic text exchanges and Skype video calls.
During one nine month period when she was 15 and 16, the two reportedly exchanged more than 3,000 text messages, reviewed by the Times, some of which included explicit photos of her when she was 16, according to the Times. They never met in person.
Adams often expressed concern about the girl’s age, according to the report. She also told the publication she lied to Adams about her age.
CNN has not independently verified the allegations.
Any visual depictions or images of a minor under 18 years of age engaging in sexually explicit conduct is illegal, according to the Department of Justice. Citing a law enforcement source, the New York Times reported in a subsequent piece published Thursday that the FBI was looking into the allegations.
The FBI declined to comment when contacted by CNN.
Adams’s attorney, Andrew B. Brettler, told CNN the singer had no comment other than what he posted to social media.
The Times report also described situations in which Adams, known for songs like “New York, New York” and “Gimme Something Good,” made contact with women under the guise of helping them pursue a professional interest in music, only to later make sexual advances. Musicians Phoebe Bridgers and Courtney Jaye both shared their experiences with the Times.
Their representatives did not immediately return CNN’s request for comment.
“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,” Adams said in his statement on Twitter.
Adams’s ex-wife Mandy Moore also spoke to the Times, describing instances of alleged psychological and emotional abuse.
“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,” she told the Times.
Moore characterized Adams’s behavior as “destructive” and “manic.”
Adams disputed Moore’s account to the Times via his lawyer, calling her depiction “completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship.”
The two divorced in 2016.
Moore currently stars in one of television’s highest rated dramas, “This Is Us.”
A representative for Moore did not immediately return CNN’s request to confirm her statements, but she addressed the article in an Instagram post late Wednesday.
“Speaking your truth can be painful and triggering but it’s always worth it,” she wrote. “My heart is with all women who have suffered any sort of trauma or abuse. You are seen and heard. #sisterhoodforever.”
“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,” Adams added in his tweet. “I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.”
This story has been updated to reflect additional details in subsequent report from the New York Times.