The F.B.I are reportedly exploring allegations that Ryan Adams committed a crime by entering into alleged “explicit” communications with an underage fan.
A report from The New York Times published yesterday (February 13) featured claims from several women, including one who was underage at the time, of emotional and psychological abuse, harassment, inappropriate and manipulative behaviour from Adams. Phoebe Bridgers and Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore were among those whose featured in the report.
Now, according to a “law enforcement official with knowledge of the matter” who has spoken anonymously to the Times, Adams is reportedly facing an investigation in relation to his relationship with a young fan.
According to the report, Adams is alleged to have begun “explicit online communications” with the fan when she was aged 14 until she was 16, with the two allegedly “exchanging text messages and conducting video calls that sometimes included nudity.”
Through his lawyer, Andrew B. Brettler, Adams denied the “extremely serious and outlandish accusations” that he claimed were “grousing by disgruntled individuals” who blamed him for “personal or professional disappointments.”
As reported yesterday (February 13), the underage girl is believed to be a budding musician, identified only as Ava. She alleges to have begun talking to Adams online in 2013, when she was 14. They never met in person but she claimed the musician would send her graphic texts and once exposed himself to her during a video call.
In messages reviewed by the Times, Adams asked the teenager to keep their conversations secret and asked her repeatedly to tell him she was 18, sometimes asking her to show him ID, which she never did although she said she sometimes told him she was older than she was. When Ava was 16, he texted her saying: “I never see pics of you anymore. You were blowing my mind.” He reportedly also had pet names for her body parts.
Another message allegedly read: “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol.” According to the Times, he then messaged her 10 minutes later, saying: “I just want you to touch your nipple.”
Ava said Adams had discussed her career with her, suggesting when they first began talking that she start a band with another teenager and that he would produce them. Towards the end of the relationship, she said he brought up the idea of recording together again but she didn’t pursue it as she had been put off of being a musician.
Through his lawyer, Adams said he does have “communications online with various fans and aspiring musicians” but “does not recall having online communications with anyone related to anything outside of music.” His lawyer added that he was unaware of Ava being underage, suggesting that she looked “approximately 20” in photos at the time and had performed in clubs.
Brettler said: “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.”
According to the Times, F.B.I. agents in the bureau’s New York office have now taken “the first steps to open a criminal investigation” according to an official who declined to be identified because they were not yet authorised to discuss it publicly.
This is a developing story…