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Ryan Adams Accused of Sexual Misconduct & Manipulative Behavior By Several Women, Including Ex-Wife Mandy Moore

Ryan Adams Accused of Sexual Misconduct & Manipulative Behavior By Several Women, Including Ex-Wife Mandy Moore

Ryan Adams is facing accusations of sexual misconduct and manipulative behavior in an explosive New York Times report published on Wednesday (February 13).

The 44-year-old singer-songwriter is accused by at least seven women and more than a dozen associates of having “dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex.”

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“In some cases, they said, he would turn domineering and vengeful, jerking away his offers of support when spurned, and subjecting women to emotional and verbal abuse, and harassment in texts and on social media,” the article went on to describe his alleged behavior, which reportedly included exposing himself to an underage girl.

“Music was a point of control for him,” said Mandy Moore in the article.

“He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument,’” Mandy revealed.

“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.”

“What you experience with him — the treatment, the destructive, manic sort of back and forth behavior — feels so exclusive. You feel like there’s no way other people have been treated like this,” she continued.

Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” said Ryan‘s attorney, Andrew B. Brettler.

His lawyer claims Mandy‘s account is “completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship,” and that he was supportive of her “well-deserved professional success.”

Ryan also reportedly tweeted and deleted the following: “Happy Valentines Day @nytimes. I know you got lawyers / But do you have the truth on your side. No. I do. And you have run out of friends. My folks are NOT your friends. Run your smear piece. But the leagal [sic] eagles see you. Rats. I’m f—ing taking you down. Let’s learn I bait [sic].”

For more on the accusations, head to NYTimes.com.

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  • Phil the Donahue

    oops. Guy’s a scumbag, it’s obvious in his demeanor.

  • Maria M.

    So his ex wife and bunch of strangers are saying he’s a dick and supposedly “serious” newspapers are printing it!? So some famous guy is a dick, why is that a story? Why should anyone give a fuck about what some chick thinks about her ex? Because they are both famous? NYT is at tabloid level and has been for a long, long time.

  • cuzjcacjo

    why did she stay with his for over 10 years? and then immediately hook up with another musician. sorry, but she was probably using him for his connections and married him b/c of them and is sour grapes because she does actually suck at music

  • Phil the Donahue

    Low self esteem. Duh. His connections? LOL. She had already made it. I still don’t know who this guy really is. He stifled her and is a douche and the reason we need to know this is so someone else doesn’t fall into his gross trap. Duh.

  • Phil the Donahue

    It’s a story because what he did is illegal. #duh.

  • person

    I read the NYT article and I think it is a bullsh#t lame article. All these women chose to interact with him. Now they all gang up on him. Yeah he is kooky and maybe not always kind. But he is not a villain. This article portrays him as a really bad guy and really what he does in relationships as long as it is not abusive is his business. These women did not need to interact with him. If they didnt like him they should just walk away, This is a weak article attacking Ryan and I sympathize with Ryan. He is already mentally unstable. I was just listening to his cold roses album today prior to this article and thinking what an amazing album it is. I know he has menieres which makes him suffer terribly. I just think this is lame for all these women to gang up on him and paint him as a terrible guy and they are all these weak victims. If they didnt want him to manage their careers then they had the power to go somewhere else./. If he acted inappropriately they did not need to continue to see him. I hate when people blame someone when they are not taking responsibility for their own part. Poor Ryan. Ryan if you are reading this know that one attack on you is not the general opinion all of us have of you. I think it is a lame article and mean.

  • Rya

    Shine the light on them and they can’t hide. The New York TImes is not about to write unsubstantiated claims, they have to much to lose.

  • Desi

    I’m sure she could have a better musician to use than this nobody. Many people stay with scum bags like him thinking they will change. She finally took out the trash and moved on.

  • Desi

    He is a scum bag. Has been for years. Hope they take him to the clearers.

  • cuzjcacjo

    so he can do whatever he wants because he has a mental issue? that’s not a legit excuse for bad behavior.

  • Maria M.

    Yeah, being controlling spouse is illegal? Distancing yourself from people that find you sexually unattractive is illegal? Sending nude selfies to strangers online is illegal? Then I and half of the population should be in prison. I guess next time I should ask for a copy of their ID before I send them a nude selfie.

  • Alexandra

    You probably should. And yes it’s illegal sending nudes to an underaged person.

  • Alexandra

    Comments defending his behavior are so gross and frustrating. Famous or not, being abusive and controlling to your spouse or anyone is never okay!!

    Also to the people saying why didn’t they just stop texting/talking to him or why didn’t Mandy divorced him sooner… being in situations like this are hard to break out of. And super easy to get into. Specially when is just an “uneasy” feeling you’re getting or his behavior is hot and cold.

    I know I shouldn’t even waste my time trying to change your minds, but anyway

  • Alexandra

    Comments defending his behavior are so gross and frustrating. Famous or not, being abusive and controlling to your spouse or anyone is never okay!!

    Also to the people saying why didn’t they just stop texting/talking to him or why didn’t Mandy divorced him sooner… being in situations like this are hard to break out of. And super easy to get into. Specially when is just an “uneasy” feeling you’re getting or his behavior is hot and cold.

    I know I shouldn’t even waste my time trying to change your minds, but anyway

  • therealdarling

    What if the underaged person lied?

  • Gretchen

    Her career died during their marriage and then the second she divorced him she started working again, so if she was using him for connections she wasn’t doing a very good job. Explanations for why women stay in abusive relationships are available for free on the internet jsyk

  • Sansa Squad

    And what if the underaged person was *coerced into* lying by the adult preying on them…? Not sure if you actually read the NY Times article, but those text exchanges are pretty damning.

  • Sansa Squad

    For what it’s worth, this guy’s reputation within the industry is AWFUL – it’s the whole reason he never crossed over to mainstream superstardom, despite having the talent and musical chops to do so – and it’s telling that no one has really come to his defense while countless others speak out to confirm his despicable behavior. I always loved his music (until I heard stories like this that made my stomach turn) but you’d have to be pretty delusional – or just willfully ignorant – to not believe he is, at best, an a**hole and a total creep.