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FBI opens inquiry into Ryan Adams' communication with underage fan after NYT expose

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New York, Feb 15 (PTI) The FBI has opened an inquiry into Ryan Adams' communication with an underage fan a day after the New York Times published an expose about the singer-songwriter, alleging that he exchanged explicit messages with the minor. FBI agents from the Crime Against Children Squad in the bureau's New York office began the steps of opening a criminal investigation on Thursday, the Times reported. Those steps include interviewing the woman that the Times reported on, who is no longer a minor, and gathering evidence of the correspondence. The singer's lawyer, Andrew Brettler said Adams has not been contacted by any member of a law enforcement agency, including the FBI, as per the Hollywood Reporter. Adams has been accused of sexual misconduct and emotional manipulation by more than half a dozen women, including ex-wife Mandy Moore. The release of the singer's album 'Big Colors' has been put on hold in the wake of the allegations that accuse that Adams struck up a Twitter conversation with a 14-year-old bassist in 2013. What started as a discussion on music and the minor's career, turned explicit in nature. Adams, however, denied ever discussing anything other than music with fans and engaging in an explicit correspondence with a minor. Five women, two off the record, came forward to allege that Adams initially offered them professional help but ended up pursuing them sexually. Moore and ex-fiancee Megan Butterworth alleged that Adams had been emotionally and verbally abusive to them. PTI BK BK BK

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