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Who is Ryan Adams? What you need to know about the singer-songwriter

David Ryan Adams is a 44-year-old singer-songwriter born in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He has had a long career across multiple genres and musical acts.

He is also the subject of a New York Times expose on numerous accusations he psychologically abuses women.

Background

Adams first came on the music scene in an alt-country band he founded called Whiskeytown. The group released three major albums, making it big with “Strangers Almanac” in 1997.

The group split in 2000, after what a Guardian story called a “particularly gruesome Michigan show.”

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Solo career

Adams’ first solo album, “Heartbreaker,” was a hit, especially with critics. A Pitchfork review called it “a startling 15-song masterpiece.”

His follow-up, “Gold,” was also a hit and earned him three Grammy nominations.

However, as the Guardian article put it, “Then something went askew… (he) got a reputation for being a boozy, druggy brat.”

At one point, Adams left a scathing message with profanities on the answering machine of the music critic for the Chicago Sun-Times.

Since then he has performed with the band The Cardinals and done more solo work.

He is known for his 2015 release “1989,” a song-for-song alt-country cover album of Taylor Swift’s album “1989.”

He is a prolific producer, working with Willie Nelson and Fall Out Boy. He has also worked with Weezer, Norah Jones and Counting Crows.

Abuse allegations

On Wednesday, the New York Times published a story detailing allegations of abuse against Adams.

“In interviews, seven women and more than a dozen associates described a pattern of manipulative behavior in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex,” Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik wrote.

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For example, 20-year-old musician Phoebe Bridgers told the Times that Adams invited her to his studio. She said he praised her music, and the two had a short relationship.

However, she said, when she broke off the relationship, Adams rescinded an offer to be the opening act on his European tour.

One of the women who talked to the Times was Adams’ ex-wife, actress and singer Mandy Moore. She said he psychologically abused her and blocked her progress as a musician. They divorced in 2016.

Megan Butterworth, who was engaged to Adams recently, also called him “controlling and emotionally abusive.” She told the Times he tried to isolate her “socially and professionally.” They broke up in 2018.

Adams allegedly corresponded with a fan as well, starting when she was 14. She said he exposed himself during video calls on Skype. 

According to texts reviewed by the Times, Adams questioned her about her age and sometimes she gave a false, older one. 

In one text, he told the girl,” And tell me that your mom is not gonna kill me if she finds out we even text.” 

Adams called the article “inaccurate.”

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The Latest: Smollett says no truth he played role in attack

The Latest on the investigation of the attack on Jussie Smollett (all times local):

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Attorneys for Jussie Smollett say there is no truth to reports that the "Empire" actor played a role in an assault on him last month by what he described as two men shouting homophobic and racial slurs.

In a statement late Saturday the lawyers say: "Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying."

His lawyers say that Smollett will continue to cooperate with a Chicago police investigation into the reported attack.

Chicago police earlier Saturday said their investigation of the attack had "shifted" following the interrogation of two men. The brothers from Nigeria were first considered suspects, but then released from police custody Friday without being charged.

Smollett's attorneys say that one of the men was the actor's personal trainer, hired to prepare him physically for a music video.

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7 p.m.

Chicago police say "the trajectory of the investigation" into the reported attack on Jussie Smollett has shifted and they want to conduct another interview with the "Empire" actor.

Chicago police late Friday released without charges two Nigerian brothers they had detained for questioning earlier in the week.

On Saturday, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told CBS Chicago: "We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We've reached out to the Empire cast member's attorney to request a follow-up interview."

Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and "This is MAGA country!" He said they looped a rope around his neck before running away as he was out getting food at a Subway restaurant early on Jan. 29. He said they also poured some kind of chemical on him.

Police have been unable to find surveillance video of the attack.

A spokeswoman for Smollett did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Guglielmi's comment.

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See AP's complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case: https://www.apnews.com/JussieSmollett

Smollett's attorneys refute charges attack on client was staged

Chicago police released two brothers of Nigerian descent Friday who had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett.

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The men were picked up by police Wednesday at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and their apartment was searched Thursday. They were questioned Friday but police were obliged to release them.  

Update 11 p.m. EST Feb. 16: Jussie Smollett’s attorneys released a statement Saturday evening:

"As a victim of a hate crime who has cooperated with the police investigation, Jussie Smollett is angered and devastated by recent reports that the perpetrators are individuals he is familiar with. He has now been further victimized by claims attributed to these alleged perpetrators that Jussie played a role in his own attack. Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying. "One of these purported suspects was Jussie’s personal trainer who he hired to ready him physically for a music video,It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie’s complicity. "Jussie and his attorneys anticipate being further updated by the Chicago Police Department on the status of the investigation and will continue to cooperate. At Present time, Jussie and his attorneys have no inclination to respond to "unnamed" sources inside of the investigation, but will continue discussions through official channels."

Update 9:45 p.m. EST Feb. 16: Chicago police said Saturday evening that “the trajectory of the investigation” into the reported attack on Jussie Smollett has shifted and they want to conduct another interview with the “Empire” actor.

According to the Associated Press, Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi issued a statement saying: “We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation. We’ve reached out to the Empire cast member’s attorney to request a follow-up interview.”

Update 8:30 p.m. EST Feb. 16: Sources told CBS that the two brothers who were detained were paid $3,500 before leaving for Nigeria on Wednesday and were promised $500 more when they returned to the United States.

In addition to the rope that was purchased at a hardware store, sources also said that the red hats worn in the attack were purchased at beauty supply store.

Update 7 p.m. EST Feb. 16: Law enforcement sources told WFLD that police are interested in speaking with Jussie Smollet’s lawyer after new evidence surfaced after they conducted interviews with two Nigerian brothers Friday. 

According to CNN, police reportedly believe that the brothers were paid by Smollett to “orchestrate the assault.” CNN did not identify their sources.

CNN also said that the brothers purchased the rope at hardware store that matched the rope used in the assault.

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Chicago police denied reports that Jussie Smollett staged his own attack because he is being written off the show “Empire.” 

Two Chicago TV stations, citing anonymous sources, are reporting that Smollett lied to police about the Jan. 29 attack and that he helped plan it with two others who were extras on the show.

“We have no evidence to support their reporting and their supposed CPD sources are uninformed and inaccurate,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.

Investigators have confirmed they are interviewing two “persons of interest” in the attack.

The two men “are not considered suspects at this time,” but may have been in the area where the attack occurred, according to Guglielmi.

Guglielmi also said police won’t release any details about the case, including a timeline of events during the attack or the identities of those being questioned.

Police reportedly raided the home of the two “persons of interest” Wednesday night, according to WBBM-TV, removing bleach, shoes, electronics, and other items. 

The station is also reporting the two men have appeared as extras on “Empire,” meaning Smollett may have known them.

Smollett told police he was attacked around 2 a.m. Jan. 29 in the city’s Streeterville neighborhood by two men shouting racial and homophobic slurs. He said they attacked him and wrapped a noose around his neck. He was hospitalized briefly for treatment of his injures.

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It’s taken police weeks to find the people they believe were in a surveillance video taken the morning of the attack.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Chicago police: Jussie Smollett assault case has 'shifted'

Chicago police said Saturday the investigation into the assault reported by Jussie Smollett has "shifted" due to information received from two brothers questioned in the case, and attorneys for the "Empire" actor blasted reports alleging he played a role in his own attack.

Chicago police had arrested, then released the two Nigerian brothers without charges late Friday and said they were no longer suspects in the attack.

"We can confirm that the information received from the individuals questioned by police earlier in the Empire case has in fact shifted the trajectory of the investigation," Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in an emailed statement Saturday. "We've reached out to the Empire cast member's attorney to request a follow-up interview."

Guglielmi did not elaborate on what he meant by a shift in the case.

Smollett's attorneys later Saturday issued a statement saying the actor would continue to cooperate with police, but felt "victimized" by reports that he might have been involved in the attack.

"Nothing is further from the truth and anyone claiming otherwise is lying," the statement from attorneys Todd Pugh and Victor P. Henderson said..

Smollett, who is black and gay, has said he was physically attacked by two masked men shouting racial and anti-gay slurs and "This is MAGA country!" He said they looped a rope around his neck before running away as he was out getting food at a Subway restaurant. He said they also poured some kind of chemical on him.

On Wednesday, Chicago police picked up the brothers at O'Hare International Airport as they returned from Nigeria. They described them as "suspects" in the assault, questioned them and searched their apartment.

Then, late Friday evening they released the two men without charges and said they were no longer suspects. They said they had gleaned new information from their interrogation of them.

One of the men is Smollett's personal trainer who he hired to get him physically ready for a music video, the statement from Smollett's attorneys said.

"It is impossible to believe that this person could have played a role in the crime against Jussie or would falsely claim Jussie's complicity," the statement said.

Police have said they were investigating the attack as a possible hate crime and considered Smollett a victim. Reports of the assault drew outrage and support for him on social media, including from U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris of California and TV talk show host Ellen DeGeneres.

Smollett gave an emotional speech during a concert in West Hollywood, California , on Feb. 2 saying that he went ahead with the show because he couldn't let his attackers win.

Smollett also gave an interview to Robin Roberts of ABC News that aired Thursday, saying that he was "pissed" at people who did not believe he was attacked.

"I've heard that it was a date gone bad, which I also resent that narrative," he said. "I'm not gonna go out and get a tuna sandwich and a salad to meet somebody. That's ridiculous. And it's offensive."

Earlier this week, police said reports that the attack against Smollett was a hoax are unconfirmed ..

Producers of the Fox television drama have supported Smollett, saying his character on "Empire," James Lyon, was not being written off the show.

Police said they combed surveillance video in the heavily-monitored downtown Chicago area but were unable to find any footage of the attack.

Smollett turned over redacted phone records that police said were not sufficient for a criminal investigation.

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See AP's complete coverage of the Jussie Smollett case: https://www.apnews.com/JussieSmollett

Country star Miranda Lambert reveals secret marriage

Country star Miranda Lambert celebrated Valentine's Day weekend with the announcement that she secretly got married.

A representative for the singer confirmed the marriage after Lambert posted photos on social media Saturday showing her in a white lace gown with her new husband, Brendan Mcloughlin. She wrote that in honor of Valentine's Day, she wanted to share that she "met the love of my life. And we got hitched!"

It's unclear when the marriage occurred.

The two-time Grammy winner was previously married to country star Blake Shelton, but she hadn't spoken publicly about her relationship with Mcloughlin before Saturday. The Texas-born singer who is also a member of the group Pistol Annies has had hits with songs like "The House That Built Me," ''White Liar," ''Mama's Broken Heart," and "Gunpowder and Lead."

Nadav Lapid's 'Synonyms' wins top prize at Berlin Film Fest

Israeli director Nadav Lapid's "Synonyms," a movie about a young Israeli man who uproots himself to France and is determined to put his homeland behind him, won the Berlin International Film Festival's top Golden Bear award on Saturday.

A jury headed by French actress Juliette Binoche chose the movie from a field of 16 competing at the first of the year's major European film festivals. Set in Paris, it stars Tom Mercier in the role of Yoav, who refuses to speak Hebrew and is accompanied by an ever-present French dictionary as he tries to put down roots and create a new identity for himself.

Lapid said as he accepted the award that some in Israel might be "scandalized" by the movie "but for me, the film is also a big celebration — a celebration, I hope, also of cinema."

"I hope that people will understand that fury and rage and hostility and hate ... are only the twin brothers and sisters of strong attachment and powerful emotions," he said.

The festival's best actor and best actress awards went to Wang Jingchun and Yong Mei, respectively, for their roles as a couple who lose their son in director Wang Xiaoshuai's "So Long, My Son." The three-hour Chinese family saga spans three decades of history from the 1980s to the present, portraying a society in constant change.

The best director honors went to Germany's Angela Schanelec for her family drama "I Was at Home, But."

The festival's jury grand prize award was won by French director Francois Ozon's "By the Grace of God," a movie about the long-term effects of sexual abuse in the Catholic church.

Italian anti-Mafia journalist Roberto Saviano, along with Maurizio Braucci and Claudio Giovannesi, took the best script award for "Piranhas," a film following teenagers growing up in a dangerous world of crime in Naples. Saviano said writing the screenplay was meant to "show resistance," and added that "speaking the truth in our country has become very complex."

This year's competition originally comprised 17 films, but famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou's "One Second," set amid the chaos and violence of the country's 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, was withdrawn after festival started.

A festival statement on Monday said it wasn't possible to present it "due to technical difficulties encountered during post-production." It did not elaborate.

Binoche said at Saturday's ceremony that jury members "regret that we were not able to consider" the film.

This year's "Berlinale" was the last under Dieter Kosslick, its director of the last 18 years. German Culture Minister Monika Gruetters said he "always positioned the Berlinale on the fronts of the big, controversial debates of our times."

Kosslick will be replaced by a team of Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek. Locarno film festival chief Chatrian will become the festival's artistic director and Rissenbeek, a German movie industry official, will be its managing director.

Paul Rodgers Teases New Album From Bad Company

He hasn't been on a studio recording with the band since 1982.

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Checks, tie-dye, baby dolls: It's all at London Fashion Week

From young talents like Alexa Chung and Simone Rocha to London design veteran Jasper Conran, London Fashion Week showed off a diverse range of womenswear ideas for the upcoming autumn and winter season with a busy day of catwalk shows Saturday.

The spectacle is bringing much needed color and verve as gray London shakes off its winter blues amid the first hints of warmer weather. A look at some highlights:

HOUSE OF HOLLAND

London may not have Paris's haute couture or Milan's grand fashion houses, but the British capital has always been proud to be the wild child on the style front.

That irreverent, street-wise London sass was on full display at House of Holland's show, where designer Henry Holland threw together '80s power dressing, Asian dress details and loud, clashing tie-dye prints for his latest collection.

Holland said the show was all about the rebellious, and indeed these were flamboyant, look-at-me statement clothes. Models opened Saturday's show with tailored coats and jackets in the traditional Prince of Wales check — albeit in bright orange and paired with slinky green velvet animal prints.

Then came everything from patchwork print kaftans, oversized silky pussy bow neckties to denim overalls, all worn with berets, clunky platform boots and plenty of attitude.

Quilted jackets and miniskirts, Mandarin collars and obi tie belts brought an Asian aesthetic. The designer emphasized a "global citizen" as his show's theme and incorporated traditional Cambodian textile techniques into the urban mix.

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MONASTIC CHIC AT JASPER CONRAN

Who knew monks' garbs could be so fashionable?

High necks, long sleeves, dropped waistlines, skirts that brush the calf or ankle: Veteran designer Jasper Conran took inspiration from "monastic" shapes with a new collection of utilitarian, sleek tunics and dresses that quietly exuded sophistication rather than screamed glamour.

Conran, a founding father of London Fashion Week, dialed down his signature flair for color for the upcoming autumn and winter season, opting instead for a mostly severe palette of earthy browns, rust, mustard and indigo.

The designer focused on dresses that rival the comfort of sportswear. Some outfits — like several brown-all-over sweater dresses — bring to mind something a friar might wear. But Conran always kept things modern with a thigh-high side slit here, a slashed neckline there, a bright sporty piping or geometric color blocks.

Conran ditched the covered-up look for the show's final section, a collection of architectural column gowns. The colors are still understated here, but bare shoulders and sheer organza panels brought out the drama.

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SIMONE ROCHA IMPRESSES WITH IMAGINATIVE SHOW

Designer Simone Rocha turned in a bold, confident show impressive for its variety and thoughtfulness. Even American Vogue editor Anna Wintour skipped her signature sunglasses for a closer look at the stunning array of ensembles.

Rocha seems to grow in stature each year, earning her reputation as one of the major new talents on the London scene. She said the theme Saturday was "intimacy, privacy, security, femininity."

There was no single look to the show, but Rocha did experiment with outfits that used sparkly bras or camisole tops on top of dresses. Elaborate coat-dresses, some with gauzy skirts, appeared, along with ethereal, pale pink dresses and one extremely gaudy gold number.

A series of gorgeous, black-themed floral dresses, many tiaras, some whimsical Alice In Wonderland dresses and updated baby doll outfits also turned up.

Rocha's approach was playful, but her fashion intent was serious, and she made a point of using some slightly older models and also ones who were not rail-thin.

She said after the show that she had asked many of her close model friends if they would take part in a show about intimacy and exposure.

"Last season was all about my family, and by the end of it I felt so exposed, like telling everybody about my aunties and uncles," she said. "I felt like I needed to look in, and I looked at all these photographs of women being exposed."

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ALEXA CHUNG SHOWS QUIRKY CLASSICS

Model and TV presenter Alexa Chung has a loyal fan base and her many admirers flocked to Saturday's show in London's redeveloped King's Cross neighborhood. They weren't disappointed as Chung offered a new collection featuring her quirky, feminine take on classic designs.

For her second London Fashion Week show, called "Off the Grid," the designer announced she had lost all interest in "prettiness" and was imagining a "gaggle of women" who have retreated to California's Big Sur coastal wilderness to regroup.

Some of the models wear long coats with matching head scarves that are evocative of the American prairie. Many of the deceptively simple dresses emphasize the shoulders, giving the women an outline of physical strength, and much of the outerwear is masculine in style, particularly a forest green suit.

Chung showed an easy, eclectic touch in a collection that included long black coats, several sexy gold dresses, and a few beautiful green midi dresses, including one that she wore to the show.

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, star of 'Downfall,' dies at 77

Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, who played Adolf Hitler cooped up in his Berlin bunker in "Downfall" and an angel in Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire," has died. He was 77.

German news agency dpa reported that Ganz's management said Saturday he died in Zurich.

Ganz, a prominent figure in the German-language theater world, shifted into movies in the 1970s, appearing in Werner Herzog's "Nosferatu" and Wenders' "The American Friend" among others. In one of his more recent appearances, he starred as Sigmund Freund in "The Tobacconist," released last year.

Berlin Mayor Michael Mueller said Ganz was "one of the greats" of the screen and stage. He said that "the death of Bruno Ganz is a great loss for the German-speaking theater and film world."

Tedeschi Trucks Band's Kofi Burbridge Dead at 57

Keyboardist and flautist passes after illness forced absence from current tour.

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