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Musician Ryan Adams Accused of Sexual Misconduct By Several Women

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UPDATE: The FBI is officially opening an investigation into the claims of sexual misconduct on Ryan Adams, per The New York Times.

The F.B.I. is looking into whether the singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, 44, committed a crime by engaging in sexually explicit communications with an underage fan, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the matter.


Musician Ryan Adams has been accused of sexual misconduct and manipulative behavior by several women who allege he promised to help further their careers, only to rebuff them when they refused his romantic overtures.

Seven women told The New York Times that Adams, a prolific songwriter who has released 16 albums, had a frequent history of interacting with up-and-coming female musicians, some of whom were underage at the time he reached out. The women describe a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams promised career opportunities to them before he would begin flirting with them or sending sexual messages.

Adams denied the allegations in a statement to the Times through his lawyer, who said the singer “unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”

In another statement posted to Twitter, the singer said he was “not a perfect man” and that he apologized to anyone he’d hurt “deeply and unreservedly.”

“But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate,” Adams divulged on Twitter. “Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.”

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