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Ryan Adams’ upcoming U.K. and Ireland tour has been canceled, Ticketmaster announced Friday, in the wake of a recent New York Times story alleging that the musician manipulated and harassed women sexually and emotionally.
Ticketmaster Ireland announced the news in a tweeted statement.
“The Ryan Adams UK & Ireland tour has been cancelled,” the tweet reads. “Full refunds to ticket purchasers from authorised outlets will be processed by end of day on Monday. Please allow time for the repayment transaction to hit your account.”
The news of Adams’ canceled tour follows Universal Music Group’s decision to halt the release of his forthcoming album “Big Colors,” which was scheduled to be released on April 19.
On Feb. 14, the New York Times reported that the FBI’s New York field office was investigating whether the 44-year-old musician committed a crime by having phone sex and exchanging graphic texts with an underage girl.
Seven women — including Adams’ ex-wife Mandy Moore and singer-songwriter Phoebe Bridgers — and more than a dozen other associates accused Adams of championing aspiring female artists and then exploiting them and stifling their ambitions, often for his own sexual gain.
“I was living my life for him. … I had no sense of self,” Moore recently told Marc Maron on an episode of his WTF podcast about her “unhealthy dynamic” with Adams. “I felt like I was drowning. It was so untenable and unsustainable, and it was so lonely. I was so sad. I was lonely with him.”
Moore, who was married to Adams from 2009 to 2016, told The Times that her ex-husband used her own musical ambitions as a tool to control and hurt her.
“Music was a point of control for him,” she told the outlet. “His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time – my entire mid-to-late 20s.”
USA TODAY has reached out to the FBI for comment.
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