UPDATED: A New York Times expose rocked the music industry on Wednesday, containing stories from several women claiming that singer/songwriter Ryan Adams exhibited “a pattern of manipulative behavior in which [he] dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex.”
Even Adams’ ex-wife, Mandy Moore, spoke out in the report, claiming that he effectively took control of her music career. Adams, for his part, denied the allegations, calling the NYT report “upsettingly inaccurate.”
It didn’t take long for celebrities and those in the music industry to react. Writer Roxane Gay took to Twitter, writing, “This is incredibly disappointing to learn about Ryan Adams.” She continued in a thread:
“Just. My god. Why can’t men get it together? ‘If people knew they would say I was like R. Kelley lol'” Gay tweeted, citing an alleged quote from Adams in the story. She went on to explain her own experience with professional mentorship.
“And you know, I know a bit about what it is like to have some power in the creative world and to have young women interested in you either professionally or personally. I am not a saint or a prude. I won’t say it’s not tempting when I get offers or whatever,” she tweeted. “But it’s also actually not that tempting. Because I am 44! And not a predator. I recognize the power imbalance. And if I want to mentor someone it’s not going to be in a hotel room or with dirty text messages or whatever. Why is this hard for men?”
Musician Liz Phair, who worked with Adams on recordings that were never released, responded on Twitter to a question about her experience with him. “If I do [want to get into detail], I’ll write about it,” she wrote in a tweet that seems to have been deleted. “But I think you can extrapolate. My experience was nowhere near as personally involving, but yes the record ended and the similarities are upsetting.”
Busy Philips also sounded off about her disappointment in the “Come Pick Me Up” singer.
Welp. Just deleted all of the Ryan Adams music I had in my library. BYE. https://t.co/2tD4mefYlZ
— Busy Philipps (@BusyPhilipps) February 13, 2019
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No, we didn’t. https://t.co/MoaN3U1Ore
— Jason IsBOO (@JasonIsbell) February 13, 2019
— Jason IsBOO (@JasonIsbell) February 14, 2019
Welp that Ryan Adams shit is triggering af
— RheA C A Butcher (@RheaButcher) February 13, 2019
i imagine that a lot of rock star guys are scared right now
— Juliana VampireBatfield (@julianahatfield) February 13, 2019
I am deeply troubled by Ryan Adams’ alleged behavior. Although he and I had a working professional relationship, I stand in solidarity with the women who have come forward.
— jenny lewis (@jennylewis) February 16, 2019