Ryan Adams promised to make stars out of aspiring female musicians and then aggressively pursued them for sex, The New York Times reported last week. After his acclaimed 2000 debut album, Heartbreaker, Adams, 44, became known for corresponding online with fans and up-and-comers, but his friendship came with strings attached, seven women and a dozen associates told the Times. Ryan began one of these relationships with a 14-year-old bass player in 2013. They exchanged more than 3,000 messages over a nine-month period, during which Adams allegedly exposed himself during phone sex. “If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley lol,” he once wrote the girl. Six other women described physical and emotional abuse, including singer Phoebe Bridgers and Adams’ ex-wife, singer and actor Mandy Moore. Adams conceded that “I am not a perfect man” and that he had made “many mistakes.” Still, he called the report “upsettingly inaccurate.”
Anthony Weiner has left a federal prison and been transferred to a halfway house in the Bronx, N.Y., after serving 15 months for exchanging sexual text messages with a 15-year-old girl. The disgraced former Democratic congressman, 54, first got into trouble in 2011 after the publication of sexually suggestive photos he’d sent of himself to more than a half-dozen women while married to top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. He resigned from Congress, but while running for New York City mayor in 2013, he again was caught sending explicit photos to women. After his scheduled release from the halfway house on May 14, Weiner will be required to register as a sex offender.
Bill Cosby says he is having “an amazing experience” living in a maximum-security Pennsylvania prison, his spokesman said last week. Convicted of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, Cosby, 81, is exercising and losing weight while serving three to 10 years. He lives in a single cell and speaks on the phone three times a day for three minutes with his wife, who has yet to visit. “That’s the way he wants it,” the spokesman said. In a statement, Cosby likened himself to Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela, adding, “I stand upright as a Political Prisoner and I Smile.” ■