On Wednesday, the NY Times released a major report on musician Ryan Adams and how he allegedly used his influence in music to psychologically manipulate and emotionally torment multiple women, including ex-wife Mandy Moore, musician Phoebe Bridgers and more. Now, the Times reports the FBI is investigating one particular allegation in the report: that Adams engaged in sexually explicit communications with an underage fan.

In the original report, the Times wrote that when Adams was around 40, he started corresponding online with a fan, whom they refer to as Ava, when she was a 14-year-old bass player. They reviewed the extensive communication between the two (including 3,217 texts) which they exchanged over a nine-month period when Ava was 15 and 16—conversations about music turned into graphic texting, Skype conversations, and phone sex.

Adams seemed acutely aware of—and nervous about—Ava's age at the time:

In the texts, Adams questioned Ava repeatedly about her age, and sometimes she said she was older than she was. Though he did not seem convinced, their sexual conversations continued. “i would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this,” Adams wrote to her in November 2014.


Their conversations were on and off, but a constant theme was Adams fretting about Ava’s age — and asking to keep their exchanges secret — while also indulging in sexual scenarios.

“I never see pics of you anymore,” Adams wrote in November 2014, when he had just turned 40 and Ava was newly 16. “You were blowing my mind.” He had pet names for her body parts.

Days later, Adams expressed anxiety: “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol,” he wrote.

Yet within 10 minutes, the conversation again turned explicit. “I just want you to touch your nipple,” he texted, before again asking about her age. “And tell me that your mom is not gonna kill me if she finds out we even text.”

Through his attorney, Adams denied any wrongdoing: "Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage," said attorney Andrew B. Brettler. He also got more specific about the Ava accusations:

Adams, through his lawyer, said that while he “has communications online with various fans and aspiring musicians,” he “does not recall having online communications with anyone related to anything outside of music.” The lawyer added that “if, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware.” He pointed to her performances in clubs and provided photos of Ava from that time, saying she looked “approximately 20.”

Shortly after the article went up, Adams put a statement on Twitter denying most of the accusations, saying: "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."

Earlier that day, Adams tweeted then deleted another statement threatening the Times with legal action: "I'm fucking taking you down."

The FBI agents, from the Crimes Against Children Squad in the bureau’s New York office, will seek to interview Ava, who is no longer a minor, and try to "obtain the text messages and any other evidence she may have in her possession."

Musician/model Karen Elson and musician Liz Phair have also made statements about the story and their past relationships with Adams. "I also had a traumatizing experience with Ryan Adams," Elson wrote on Instagram. "I’m not quite brave enough yet to speak about my specifics."

And here's what Phair, who previously worked with Adams on music, had to say:

Other musicians commented on the report as well: