By Abigail Frazier—News Editor
A recent article released by The New York Times on Feb. 13 exposed rock-and-roll musician, Ryan Adams of numerous allegations involving emotional abuse and sexual misconduct towards women.
According to the Times article Ryan Adams Dangled Success. Women Say They Paid a Price., “seven women and more than a dozen associates described a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex.”
From sources like Adam’s ex-wife Mandy Moore, popular indie artist Phoebe Bridgers and a young bassist by the name of Ava, Adams has been “emotionally abusive and obsessive” to these women.
One of the most concerning parts of Adams’s alleged behavior is his communication and seemingly obsession with the young bassist, a 14-year-old girl named Ava, now 20 years old. Adams, 44, and the underage female shared 3,000 text messages, explicit photos, engaged in phone sex and had nude video chats. The two continued their relationship for two years until Ava was 16-years-old.
Since this article was published, Adams’s next album release—originally scheduled for April—has been cancelled, and there is an ongoing F.B.I. investigation into his correspondence and relationship with Ava.
From discovering his music in early high school, Ryan Adams became one of my favorite musicians. After I read this article, I wish I had never discovered him. These allegations, documented proof, and personal testimonies of the ways he disrespected women upset me as it does numerous fans. But even so, the courage and strength of each of these women to come forward empower me. Each woman in this situation has allowed a space for more women to stand up for themselves in the music industry.
Unfortunately women, like myself, continue to endure some sort of behavior like this from men in the world. But women like Phoebe Bridgers, Mandy Moore, and Ava—women who stand up against this negative, abusive behavior—empower the rest of us to do the same.