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Phoebe Bridgers comments about response to Ryan Adams allegations

By | Published on Monday 18 February 2019

Ryan Adams

Phoebe Bridgers issued a statement on Instagram over the weekend following the recent New York Times article that made various allegations about the conduct of Ryan Adams. In that piece, published last week, six women – including Bridgers – accused Adams of offering to help them in their careers, before harassing them and becoming emotionally abusive. Other women have come forward with similar allegations since the article was published.

Commenting on the response that has followed the publication of the NYT report, Bridgers wrote: “It’s been a weird week and I wanted to say a couple things. Thank you from my whole fucking heart to my friends, my bands, my mom. They all supported and validated me. They told me that what had happened was fucked up and wrong, and that I was right to feel weird about it. I couldn’t have done this without them”.

“Ryan had a network too”, she went on. “Friends, bands, people he worked with. None of them held him accountable. They told him, by what they said or by what they didn’t, that what he was doing was okay. They validated him. He couldn’t have done this without them. Guys, if your friend is acting fucked up, call them out. If they’re actually your friend, they’ll listen. That’s the way this all gets better”.

Adams has denied the allegations made against him, stating: “The picture that [the NYT] article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false”. However, as further allegations were made against the musician, it emerged that the planned April release of his new album ‘Big Colors’ was being postponed. Meanwhile the FBI is investigating specific claims that the musician engaged in explicit communications with an underage fan.