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Ryan Adams Calls New York Times Report 'Upsettingly Inaccurate'

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After the New York Times reported on multiple instances of musician Ryan Adams dangling “career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex,” Adams tweeted in response to the story that the report is inaccurate and apologized for his “mistakes.”

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Before the story dropped, Adams had also tweeted erratically beforehand, calling the report “a smear piece” and calling the reporters “rats.”

The New York Times report included women like musician Phoebe Bridgers and Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore, both of whom cite instances of the rockstar’s controlling and sexually aggressive behavior. The report also includes the story of a woman named Ava who says Adams pressed her for explicit photos and messages over the Internet when she was underage, a felony in both the state of Ohio where she lived and in New York where Adams was based at the time.

Pop Culture Reporter, Jezebel

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I met Ryan Adams back in 2013 through a mutual friend. She was taking film photographs of the recording process of his latest self titled album at Pax Am studios. We both worked as artist in LA, and at the time she was 20 years old and I was 26. When I arrived, everything seemed cordial until Ryan started making sexual comments about my body. Saying things to my friend about me in his upstairs office like “your friend’s ass is a a battleship”. After hanging out for a couple hours and increasingly feeling uncomfortable by his creepy behavior and seriously overt narcissism (The whole time he was raving about how this album would win a Grammy for best artist, how his good friend Johnny Depp just played guitar in his studio the day before, and how annoying he found supposed friend Jenny Lewis to be), I left and returned home to a more sane existence. I’m not sure what happened between him and my young friend, but I would guess that he was equally bizarrely sexual with her too. Don’t believe me, I have polaroids that the photographer snapped that night to prove the meeting and my visible annoyance with the guy. I’m all for removing scum like this from the music industry. They unconsciously hate women so much that they ruin thier careers and dreams. Complete waste. And he definitely isn’t sorry. His depth of feeling seems too shallow to really feel the impact of his actions