After a report surfaced that the FBI has taken steps toward opening a criminal investigation into allegations against Ryan Adams, The New York Times reports that the singer-songwriter’s album release has been canceled.
The bureau’s New York office is reportedly looking into the possibility that Adams engaged in inappropriate communications with an underage fan.
The action by FBI agents follows Wednesday’s publication of an article by The Times about Adams’ treatment of women, including a teenage fan and his ex-wife, Mandy Moore.
“They are responding to an accusation that Adams exchanged sexually explicit images with the teenager, who said her communication with the singer began when she was 14 and ended when she was 16. They never met in person, and through a lawyer, Adams has denied ever engaging in sexual conversations with someone he knew was underage,” The Times reports.
The report adds: “Adams, a prolific Grammy-nominated rock and alternative country singer, had previously announced plans to release three albums this year via Blue Note Records and his own Pax-Am label. On Thursday, the first of those new albums, ‘Big Colors,’ which had been scheduled for April 19, was put on hold indefinitely, according to music retailers.”