American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has reportedly been cleared of sending s*xual messages to an underage female fan, following FBI investigation.
“Ultimately, the FBI found no evidence that would support charging Ryan Adams with a crime, and closed its investigation, without charges, in the fall of 2019,” the website Page Six quoted a source as saying.
In 2019, The New York Times had reported that it had seen “extensive communication” between Adams and the fan, who went by the pseudonym “Ava”.
They communicated on different platforms, including Twitter where they sent direct messages. They allegedly started talking when Ava was 14, and more than 3,000 text messages were sent between the two until she was 16. There were also explicit photographs that Ava was said to have sent to Ryan Adams.
Although they never met in person, Ava also claimed that they had video call chats over Skype.
Adams reportedly asked Ava, a budding bass player, about her age. “Do me a paranoid favour,” he wrote in November 2014, when he was 40 and she was 16, the Times claimed, adding: “Show me you are 18.”
Ava, now believed to be 21, replied that she was older than she was. However, she never showed her identity.
Ryan Adams, through his lawyer, Andrew Brettler, denied that he “ever engaged in inappropriate online s*xual communications with someone he knew was underage”.