Ryan Adams has returned to social media and is speaking out about "believing women," months after he went on a hiatus amid allegations of sexual misconduct and emotional abuse.
In February, amid the rise of the #MeToo movement, seven women told the New York Times that the 44-year-old musician offered to help them with their own music careers, pursued them sexually and in some cases, retaliated when they rejected him. One of the women said she was 14 when she met Adams. Another is his ex-wife Mandy Moore, who claimed he took charge of her music career, was psychologically abusive and always told her, "You're not a real musician, because you don't play an instrument."
After the story was published, Adams' lawyer denied the claims made by the women, while the musician tweeted, "I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly. But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate." He then took a social media hiatus. This weekend, he returned to Instagram to post several images, including pics and videos of himself onstage and in the studio, along with a lengthy message.
"I have a lot to say. I am going to. Soon," he wrote. "Because the truth matters. It's what matters most. I know who I am. What I am. It's time people know. Past time."