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Ryan Adams’ upcoming album ‘Big Colors’ put on hold as FBI investigates sexual misconduct allegations

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Jakarta  /  Sat, February 16, 2019  /  11:04 am
Ryan Adams’ upcoming album ‘Big Colors’ put on hold as FBI investigates sexual misconduct allegations

Dictionary definition of the word 'sexual misconduct'. (Shutterstock/Feng Yu)

Following reports of sexually explicit communications and emotional abuse from multiple women, Ryan Adams’ next album release, Big Colors, has been put on hold, according to Rolling Stone.

Adams’ new album, which was to be released on April 19, was pulled from Universal Music Group’s schedule on Thursday. Pre-order pages related to the CD and LP have been deleted and a representative for Adams refused Rolling Stone’s request for comment.

The news comes after The New York Times shared a critical report on Wednesday, which detailed several women’s allegations against Adams, accusing him of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse. Adams is now facing a full-blown investigation by the FBI into the allegations the women have made against him.

In The New York Times report, women including Adam’s ex-wife Mandy Moore and emerging artist Phoebe Bridgers claimed the singer-songwriter leveraged his position by turning his offers to help boost their careers into unwanted sexual advances.

Claims were also made by another woman, who is being identified as “Ava”, that Adams engaged in sexual communications when she was just 14 years old, Rolling Stone reported. 

Singer Ryan Adams arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 8, 2015.Singer Ryan Adams arrives at the 57th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California on Feb. 8, 2015. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni)

The pair exchanged in excess of 3,000 text messages over nine months and at one point Adams allegedly exposed himself nude on Skype. Adams claimed that he had inquired about Ava’s age, but nevertheless persisted in his pursuit of her. The woman claimed that as her communication with Adams progressed, it became more graphic and coercive.
The women involved in the publication said they discovered that others had shared a similar experience with Adams, which encouraged them to form a support network.

The musician has denied any misconduct through his lawyer. “Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in any inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” attorney Andrew B. Brettler told the paper. “If, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware.”

In wake of the allegations, Benson, an amplifier company, announced it would be cutting ties with the artist.

“We are saddened and surprised by the recent allegations against Mr. Ryan Adams as documented in The New York Times,” Christopher Benson said in a statement, sourced via Variety. “We have decided to suspend our relationship with Mr. Adams at this moment and will no longer move forward with the development of the Ryan Adams signature model. We have no further comment at this time.”

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Adams took to his Twitter account to maintain his innocence following the publication. “The picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate,” he wrote. “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.”

Adams had announced that he planned to release three albums this year, which has now become uncertain amid the FBI investigation. (geo/mut)