Ryan Adams accused of manipulating aspiring female musicians for sex

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Seven women, including one who was underage at the time, accused singer-songwriter Ryan Adams of sexual misconduct and manipulative behavior in a story published Wednesday evening by the New York Times. Adams denied the allegations via both his attorney and Twitter.

Megan Butterworth, Adams's ex-fiancée, also said the singer was controlling and emotionally abusive - behavior that Adams disputed, the New York Times wrote.

Seven women, including ex-wife Mandy Moore, have come forward accusing musician Ryan Adams of attempting to using his position in the music industry to manipulate young women into sex.

In one of the more upsetting accusations against Adams, a woman named "Ava" claims that - after striking up an online dialogue with Adams when she was 14 years old - she and he engaged in phone sex and had Skype calls where Adams exposed himself; Ava provided the Times with over 3,000 text messages that Adams allegedly sent during a nine-month stretch when she was between 15 and 16 years old.

"He would always tell me, 'You're not a real musician, because you don't play an instrument, '" she said. She said, "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".

Through his lawyer, he said that he did not have the power to make or break careers and categorically denied the "extremely serious and outlandish accusations" in The Times's reporting.

In a series of tweets, Adams apologized but refuted the portrayal of him presented in the Times piece. "To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly", he tweeted.

Adams also released a statement on Twitter, saying: "I am not a flawless man and I have made many mistakes".

Ava, who herself was an aspiring musician, says her experiences with Adams "just totally put me off to the whole idea" of pursuing music.

"But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate".

After the break-up, Bridgers said Adams went on to offer her a few dates opening for him on tour, which would be a major opportunity for a debut artist. "If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol", he allegedly wrote to her in November 2014, when she was 16. "You feel like there's no way other people have been treated like this".

Yet five other women have also come forward and spoken about Adams' behaviour, including ex-fiancée Megan Butterworth, who split from Adams only a year ago and has since accused him of emotional abuse and harassment. I am happy for everyone and doing my best.

'When someone told me we got married I thought they were joking.

Following the article's publication, Adams took to Twitter to say he wasn't a flawless man and apologized for hurting anyone's feelings, however, he added the report was inaccurate and much of the supposed "facts" were gross exaggerations and distortions of the truth. "And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing". Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false.

Paste has reached out to representatives for Adams for further comment.

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