FBI said to be investigating Ryan Adams sexually explicit contact with underage girl
The FBI is looking into reports Ryan Adams broke the law by allegedly engaging in past sexually explicit communications with a then-underage girl, according to The New York Times.
The newspaper says an unidentified official in the FBI’s New York office has confirmed that the bureau’s Crimes Against Children Squad has taken the first steps to open an investigation into the claims, and will attempt to interview the woman and obtain any of the texts and other evidence of the relationship with Adams that the New York Times story describes.
As also reported by the newspaper on Wednesday, the 44-year-old singer, songwriter and producer is accused of engaging in sexting and other sexually explicit communications some years ago with a girl that he allegedly knew was underage, communications that took place when she was aged 14 to 16.
Adams is said to have exposed himself during video phone sex calls with the girl, exchanging over 3,000 text messages with her in which he joked about her age, at one point writing, “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol,” referring to the R&B singer who’s been accused of having sex with underage women.
Adams has denied the claims, as well as others made in the Times piece that allege emotionally abusive and controlling behavior based on accounts by seven women and “more than a dozen associates” who spoke with the newspaper for the story, all of whom described similar experiences that were reportedly corroborated by family and friends and, in some cases, correspondence from Adams.
Also Thursday came news that the scheduled April 19 release of Adams’ album, Big Colors, has been indefinitely put on hold in the wake of the new allegations, according to Billboard. Big Colors is the follow-up to Adams’ 2017 #1 album, Prisoner. Big Colors has also been removed for pre-order from Adams’ label’s website.
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