February 14, 2019 / 12:22 AM / 10 days ago

Singer Ryan Adams calls accusations in New York Times 'inaccurate'

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Rock singer Ryan Adams on Wednesday called a New York Times article about him “upsettingly inaccurate” but said he was “not a perfect man” and apologized to anyone he had hurt.

Adams, 44, was responding on Twitter to a New York Times story in which seven women, including his ex-wife actress Mandy Moore, accused him of manipulative behavior and of pursuing female artists for sex.

One of the women said he had exchanged sexually explicit messages online with her when she was aged 15 and 16.

“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 tweeted.

“But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. 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.,” he added.

Andrew Brettler, an attorney for Adams, told the newspaper that the singer “unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”

Asked for further comment, Brettler referred Reuters to Adams’ statement on Twitter.

Adams launched his music career with the band Whiskeytown and made his solo debut in 2000 with the album “Heartbreaker.” Also a songwriter and record producer, he has worked with some of the industry’s big names, including John Mayer, Willie Nelson and Norah Jones.

FILE PHOTO: Singer Ryan Adams arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo

Adams is the latest of dozens of men to be accused of inappropriate behavior in the past 18 months as the #MeToo movement has spread beyond Hollywood and into the music industry, politics and corporate boardrooms.

“This is Us” actress and singer Moore, who married Adams in 2009, told the New York Times that “music was a point of control for him.”

Moore said that during their marriage Adams diminished her talents as a singer and she accused him of controlling behavior. Their divorce was finalised in 2016.

Reporting by Jill Serjeant; editing by Bill Tarrant and Bill Rigby

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