'Music was a point of control' - Ryan Adams accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women

Musician Ryan Adams has been accused of sexual harassment and manipulation by multiple women in a damning article chronicling years of alleged abuse.

The New York Times published the exposé, in which Adam's ex-wife, singer/actress Mandy Moore, claims he exerted control over her throughout their relationship.

Seven women and "more than a dozen associates" spoke out for the article, in which they described "a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex".

"Music was a point of control for him," Moore told the times of her ex-husband, who she began dating when she was 23 years old.

The A Walk To Remember star claimed Adams was "psychologically abusive", "manic", and prevented her from making connections in the music industry for almost a decade.

Other accusations detailed in the article include various incidents of sexual misconduct between Adams and an underage teen girl.

"I would get in trouble if someone knew we talked like this," Adams allegedly wrote to her in November 2014. 

"If people knew they would say I was like R Kelley [sic] lol," he added.

The 'Come Pick Me Up' singer's attorney, Andrew B. Brettler, refuted the "extremely serious and outlandish accusations" in a statement to the Times.

"Mr. Adams unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage," Brettler said.

"[He] does not recall having online communications with anyone related to anything outside of music."

"If, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware."

Following the article's publication online, Adams took to Twitter to address the controversy.

"I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly," he wrote.

"But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate.

"Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period."

The 44-year-old singer and songwriter also reportedly vowed to "take down" the New York Times in a since-deleted tweet in which he warned: " Run your smear piece. But the leagal [sic] eagles see you".