Ryan Adams’ guitarist Todd Wisenbaker has issued a statement on Instagram insisting that Adams “get help” after he was accused of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct by several women including Mandy Moore, Phoebe Bridgers, and more in an article by the New York Times.
In the post, Wisenbaker suggested that he had been made aware of Adams’ alleged behaviour in the past, writing, “There were times when I chose to believe his insane version of the truth because it was easier than believing that anyone is capable of being this much of a monster. It’s sickening and embarrassing. I’ve recently learned that pretty much everything he’s ever told me is a lie upon a lie upon a lie.”
Wisenbaker also said that he had previously told Adams to get help, and that he believed in “forgiveness, redemption, and recovery,” but that he was blinded by Adams’ delusion. Check out the full statement below.
Wisenbaker’s post comes one day after Bridgers released a follow up statement about the Times article, where she spoke out about Adams’ friends, band members, and coworkers who validated the musician. “They told him, by what they said or by what they didn’t, that what he was doing was okay,” Bridgers wrote in the statement. “They validated him. He couldn’t have done this without them.”
Check out her statement below.
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It’s been a weird week and I wanted to say a couple things. Thank you from my whole fucking heart to my friends, my bands, my mom. They all supported and validated me. They told me that what had happened was fucked up and wrong, and that I was right to feel weird about it. I couldn’t have done this without them. Ryan had a network too. Friends, bands, people he worked with. None of them held him accountable. They told him, by what they said or by what they didn’t, that what he was doing was okay. They validated him. He couldn’t have done this without them. Guys, if your friend is acting fucked up, call them out. If they’re actually your friend, they’ll listen. That’s the way this all gets better.