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FBI Is Investigating Musician Ryan Adams for Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Grammy-nominated artist is facing accusations

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Musician Ryan Adams is the latest Hollywood celebrity to be involved in allegations of sexual misconduct.

A report this week from The New York Times detailed numerous incidents in which Adams was allegedly a predator.

In one of these, he allegedly engaged in an online relationship with a 14-year-old girl. The report said Adams exposed himself to the girl online while she was underage.

“When Adams began corresponding online with [her] in 2013, she was a 14-year-old bass player already forging a career,” The Times piece noted. “But their correspondence about music turned into graphic texting. Eventually, [the girl] said, they conducted video calls on Skype, where Adams exposed himself during phone sex.”

Through his attorney, Adams has denied these and all other allegations.

Yet The Times reported that Adams told the girl back in November of 2014 — when Adams would have been 40 — “I would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this … If people knew, they would say I was like R Kelley lol.”

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R. Kelly is another musician who’s been accused by numerous women of sexual misconduct. He has also been accused of engaging in sexual relationships with underage women.

The Times reported on Thursday night that the FBI Crime Against Children Squad unit in New York has opened an investigation into accusations against Adams.

It reportedly will begin its work by interviewing the teenager identified in the piece as “Ava.”

Adams, a Grammy-nominated artist likely best known for a cover of the popular song “Wonderwall,” claimed through a representative that he has yet to be approached by police. Andrew Brettler, the attorney for Adams, told The Hollywood Reporter that Adams has not been contacted by the FBI.

In a public statement on Wednesday, he also said Adams denied all allegations against him.

“Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage,” the statement read.

Adams also took to social media this week to defend himself in his own words.

“I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes,” he wrote. “To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly.”

He continued, “But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. 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.”

He then added, “As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly.”

He added, “I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing.”

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