Ryan Adams' Guitarist Speaks Out Amid Abuse Allegations: 'It's Sickening & Embarrassing'

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Ryan Adams arrives at the Universal Music Group Post Grammy Party presented by American Airlines and Citi at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown LA on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Ryan Adams’ guitarist spoke out against the embattled rocker on Tuesday (Feb. 19) following allegations by numerous women of years of sexual and emotional abuse by the star.

In the wake of a report by The New York Times featuring claims against the singer-songwriter by seven women -- including Phoebe Bridgers, ex-wife Mandy Moore and an underage fan -- guitarist Todd Wisenbaker shared his own experiences of seeing Adams’ alleged abusive behavior first-hand.

“There were times when I chose to believe his insane version of the truth because it was easier than believing that anyone is capable of being this much of a monster,” Wisenbaker wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. “It’s sickening and embarrassing. I’ve recently learned that pretty much everything he’s ever told me is a lie upon a lie upon a lie. There are excuses and denials for everything.”

In the post, Wisenbaker revealed that he had confronted Adams in the past about getting help, but explained that he hadn’t spoken out publicly for fear of retaliation.

“I believe in forgiveness, redemption and recovery, but my life has become a complete shitstorm of someone else’s utter delusion,” the post continued. “I didn’t want to say anything because I’m actively afraid for the safety of my family, but I do realize that I have a responsibility to speak up.”

Wisenbaker concluded by standing in solidarity with the women who have come forward against Adams and urging the musician once again to seek help in the post’s caption.

“The women who spoke out are brave beyond words,” he wrote. “This is incredibly hard for me to do but Ryan please get help.”

Since the publication of the report last week, others have spoken out, including musician Karen Elson, Adams’ former drummer Marshall Vore and Jason Isbell, who was set to be featured on Adams’ upcoming LP, Wednesdays.


This is incredibly hard for me to do but Ryan please get help.

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