In February 2019, musician Ryan Adams found himself at the centre of allegations regarding sexual misconduct after the New York Times published the accounts of several women he had mistreated.
They included women whom Adams had approached to offer his support in the music industry, claiming that he would then withdraw his offer of help if they rebuffed his sexual advances. His ex-wife Mandy Moore also said of him: "Music was a point of control for him."
At the time, Adams tweeted an apology to "anyone I have ever hurt" while simultaneously claiming the article as "upsettingly inaccurate."
Now, a new lengthy open letter/apology has been published by the Daily Mail - although it has already been criticised by some as self-serving, considering how Adams seems to set the scene for a musical comeback.
"There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I've mistreated people through my life and career," he began. "All I can say is that I'm sorry.
"I've gotten past the point where I would be apologizing just for the sake of being let off the hook and I know full well that any apology from me probably won't be accepted by those I've hurt. I get that and I also understand that there's no going back."
He continued: "To a lot of people this will just seem like the same empty bull***t apology that I've always used when I was called out, and all I can say is, this time it is different. Having truly realized the harm that I've caused, it wrecked me, and I'm still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered.
"There is no way to convince people that this time is truly different, but this is the albatross that I deserve to carry with me as a result of my actions."
However, he has been criticised for then going on to promote his career by saying "Music is how I lay my soul bare, and in working through this, I have written enough music to fill half a dozen albums.
"Some of these songs are angry, many are sad but most of them are about the lessons I've learned over the last few years. Those ones an expression of my deepest remorse."
Adams's last album was 2014's '1984'.
See the Twitter reaction to his letter below:
Using an apology letter to announce he's been writing lots of new music?? Get so far to fuck Ryan Adams.
— Amanda (@AmandaLAitken) July 4, 2020
Ryan Adams sent sexually explicit messages to an underage girl (15-years-old) and then demanded she keep them secret.
The adult women he abused can choose to forgive him, but what he did to that girl is unforgivable.
He also mentions writing new music in his 'apology'
Fuck Him https://t.co/ax7CQE9UAO
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) July 5, 2020
I wonder how many outlets Ryan Adams had to pitch his 'apology' to before the Daily Mail said yes
— Lorie Liebig (@lorieliebig) July 4, 2020
Any "apology" Ryan Adams dishes out is always self-centered and filled with false remorse. This screams "I've ran out of money please buy my music again" https://t.co/7Y1k4JmSL0
— Jane Corscadden (@janeinator) July 4, 2020
Ryan Adams using a mealy-mouthed excuse for an apology to promote new music now that - despite his best efforts - some of his accusers are more successful than he could ever have hoped to be, is it?
Absolute state of him.
— 🎃 Gill-o-teen 🎃 (@paganpoetry1992) July 4, 2020
Could’ve just hoped for the women to be happy despite what he did, to lead good lives. But had to end with forgiving his sorry ass instead. This whole apology is a steaming dumpster fire of self-pity and NO regard for his victims. Ryan Adams sucks. https://t.co/52u2bFICKj pic.twitter.com/JXRUruIgnM
— Mare of Elm Street (@Jules_McCloud) July 5, 2020