The singer was accused by a number of women — including ex wife Mandy Moore.
Ryan Adams has come out of hiding, returning to social media over the weekend with a series of cryptic posts.
The singer has revealed he has "a lot to say" in the wake of the sexual abuse allegations made against him in a New York Times article six months ago, in which a number of women claimed he offered to advance their music careers in return for sex — with his ex wife Mandy Moore claiming she suffered from psychological abuse during their marriage.
In a lengthy post on Saturday, the 44-year-old insisted "Believe women. Believe Truth" — but followed it with a "but".
"I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon. Because the truth matters. It's what matters most," he began. "I know who I am. What I am. It's time people know. Past time."
"All the beauty in a life cannot be reduced to rubble for confusion, ignoring truths that destroy all the good in us. This madness and misunderstanding. There's enough of that in this world."
Adams hinted at a musical comeback, insisting his work was part of the healing, for his deceased brother, his family, friends and fans, and for sufferers of Meineres — an inner ear condition that causes vertigo.
"Believe Women. Believe Truth. But never give up on being part of solutions, and healing," he stated.
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“I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon. Because the truth matters. It’s what matters most. I know who I am. What I am. It's time people know. Past time. All the beauty in a life cannot be reduced to rubble for confusion, ignoring truths that destroy all the good in us. This madness and misunderstanding. There’s enough of that in this world My work was always meant to be a map for the lost. I’ve tried my best to be open and accountable. Not a billboard. I mean, maybe for being flawed. I’ve always wanted to help. I’m trying. So, soon... because it’s time to get back to what I do best. I’m here for the music, for the love and for making things better. I didn’t have an easy life. I lost my brother the day the Prisoner Tour ended. Every night wondering if he would be alive. He was proud of me. My family and my friends were there for that. And so many great fans. For the Meineres community who suffer every day. This music was for then. It mattered. And that was always for it to help. So let’s do that. THAT will matter. The amends made and things lost in the noise, that should’ve mattered too. I want to be a part of that healing. To go play have some great shows and put out these badass records. Believe Women. Believe Truth. But never give up on being part of solutions, and healing. I’ve lost friends who have passed away in this time of self reflection and silence. I can’t be like that. There’s been too much that mattered. Thank you for your kindness, your support and for this time I needed to decide how I could be a part of a better tomorrow for everybody. Sometimes that peace comes from opening yourself up. That’s who I want to be. Here’s to that. With love and with faith- In all of us and our best and our faults RA
"I've lost friends who have passed away in this time of self reflection and silence. I can’t be like that. There’s been too much that mattered," he concluded. "Thank you for your kindness, your support and for this time I needed to decide how I could be a part of a better tomorrow for everybody."
"Sometimes that peace comes from opening yourself up. That’s who I want to be. Here’s to that. With love and with faith - In all of us and our best and our faults."
In the NYT piece, Adams was accused of retaliating against the women who spurned his advances, by sabotaging their careers and harassing them in text messages and on social media."
The following day the publication reported he was being investigated by the FBI for having sexually explicit communications with an underage fan, allegedly sending 3,000 texts to a 15-year-old, and exposing himself to her via Skype.
Adams denied all the allegations.
In the original Times article Moore — who was married to Adams from 2009 to 2016 — alleged Adams took control of her music career after they met and discouraged her from working with other people. She said they would write songs together, only to have other female artists actually record them.
"He would always tell me, 'You're not a real musician, because you don't play an instrument,'" she claimed. "His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time — my entire mid-to-late 20s."
After it was published, she wrote on Instagram: "Speaking your truth can be painful and triggering but it's always worth it," she captioned a photo of herself. "My heart is with all women who have suffered any sort of trauma or abuse. You are seen and heard. #sisterhoodforever".
Through his lawyer, Adams said Moore's recollection of their time together was "completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship." Adams tweeted, "I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologise deeply and unreservedly."
"The picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate," he added. "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."
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