Following allegations of misconduct and sexual abuse by several women against Ryan Adamsother people with whom he worked also came out against him. Thomas O'Keefe, Travel Director and Travel Accountant who worked with Adams and Whiskeytown from 1997 to 2000 (and recounting his experience Waiting for derailment: Ryan Adams and Whiskeytown, the brilliant wreck of Alt-Country), made a statement in a Facebook group of Ryan Adams, Your deaf reports. In this document, he said that Adams could be "mean and vindictive, showing little empathy for others". "I've often seen him use people, almost always to advance his art or his career, then suddenly, without warning, ghosts and disappear from their lives," continued O & # 39; Keefe. "Unfortunately, I find these troubling stories about Ryan easily believable. He is very intelligent and charming, and he is quick to use this for revenge and manipulation. "Read O'Keefe's complete statement below.
Todd WisenbakerGuitarist Adams, also shared a statement about Adams. In a post on Instagram, he wrote: "It's incredibly difficult for me, but Ryan, please, ask for help." "There were times when I chose to believe his foolish version of the truth because it was easier to believe that anyone is capable of being such a monster, "Wisenbaker continued. "I recently learned that almost everything he has ever told me is a lie about a lie. There are excuses and denials for everything. Read the Wisenbaker statement in full below.
Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls and La Sera (who worked with Ryan Adams), married to Wisenbaker, posted on Instagram: "Believe the women who told their stories about Ryan Adams. [Todd] posted a statement on his page. If you want to talk, let me know. Before Todd posted his story, Katy's legend said, "We are not ready to publicly share our story," but she has since revised it.
Karen Elson and Liz Phair recently joined Phoebe Bridgers and Mandy Moore to speak out against Adams, while Jenny Lewis, who said she had a "working professional relationship" with Adams, said she was "in solidarity" women who have come forward. The former label of Adams, Bloodshot Records, also issued a statement.
The release of Adams' album Big colors is waiting as a result of the allegations, the F.B.I. opens an investigation into his allegedly explicit communications with a girl who was a minor at the time. Adams denies the allegations.
Thomas O'Keefe on Ryan Adams:
Since the announcement of Ryan's news a few days ago, many people have contacted me. I wanted to share my thoughts.
I was responsible for Ryan Adams' Whiskeytown group tour from early 1997 to the spring 2000 split. I wrote a book about this experiment entitled WAITING TO DERAIL, published in June 2018.
During my stay at Ryan, I have never witnessed abusive behavior towards women. However, it was more than 20 years ago, long before it had a real success.
I knew him for his musical genius, funny and charismatic. He could also be mean and vindictive, showing little empathy for others.
Many times, I've seen him use people – almost always to advance his art or his career – then suddenly, without warning, ghosts and make them disappear from their lives.
He did the same thing to me at the end of 2000; since then I have had very little contact with him.
Unfortunately, I find these troubling stories about Ryan easily believable. He is very intelligent and charming and does not hesitate to use this for revenge and manipulation.
Coincidentally, I also worked with Mandy Moore when she was a teenager. I found it kind and honest.
It saddens me to hear these stories. These brave women are heroes because it's hard to call a brute, especially a bully who hides behind the promises of making your career – and the threats to break it.
We should all be with these women. I hope they can find a solution and not lose confidence in their talent or the power of music. Music can be one of the most positive and unifying elements in the world. It's disgusting to see him used as a blanket for such unacceptable behavior.