• Musician Ryan Adams has issued an apology for allegations of sexual misconduct. (FilmMagic)Source: FilmMagic
"All I can say is that I'm sorry."
SBS staff writers

6 Jul 2020 - 11:43 AM  UPDATED 6 Jul 2020 - 1:47 PM

American singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has written an apology in response to multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

Published in the Daily Mail, Adams writes that the allegations, which were made by at least a dozen people including pop singer and actor Mandy Moore, “wrecked” him and that he is “still reeling from the ripples of devastating effects that my actions triggered.”

The allegations were first published by the New York Times last year, reportedly resulting in the FBI opening an investigation into claims that Adams had groomed an underage girl online.

"There are no words to express how bad I feel about the ways I've mistreated people throughout my life and career," Adams writes. "All I can say is that I'm sorry. It's that simple. This period of isolation and reflection made me realise that I needed to make significant changes in my life."

The 45-year-old singer continues: "I've gotten past the point where I would be apologising 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. 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."

“Realising the consequences of my actions, I took a hard look inwards and sought to find the truth behind them,” he writes, sharing that he has gotten sober and “internalised the importance of self-care and self-work.”

Concluding his Daily Mail apology, Adams says that he hopes his accusers will “heal” and “find a way” to forgive him.

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