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Ryan Adams: NYT Account Is 'Upsettingly Inaccurate'

He issues apology 'to anyone I have ever hurt'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2019 7:01 AM CST
Ryan Adams poses for a portrait in New York in 2015.   (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – Ryan Adams appears to have calmed down since referring to New York Times journalists as "rats," and is now "resolved to work to be the best man I can be." The latter statement came Wednesday in response to accusations of sexual misconduct levied by the Times. "I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period," the 44-year-old singer-songwriter and producer wrote on Twitter in response to the allegation that he sent explicit texts to a minor and even exposed himself during video phone sex with her. "If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol," the Times quoted Adams as writing to the then-16-year-old musician in 2014. His tweets state "the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate."

"Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false," according to Adams. Still, "I have made many mistakes," and "to anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly." Adams' ex-wife, Mandy Moore, said his "controlling behavior" injured her ability "to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time." However, a lawyer for Adams said that account was "completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship," per the Washington Post. The lawyer adds Adams had only "a brief consensual fling" with singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers, who described emotional abuse. (More on the accusations here.)

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