(CNN) In indie music circles, there had long been whispers about Ryan Adams being a jerk. Living in Chicago’s rock hotbed neighborhood of Wicker Park in the 1990s, I certainly heard them. Still, how tragic to see the rumors confirmed and amplified in the New York Times story Wednesday about the “Heartbreaker” musician, who has denied them but also apologized. The part about his allegedly sexting a 14-year-old girl particularly gave me the shivers. It makes me wonder how there has not, yet, been a more widespread #MeToo reckoning in the wider world of rock ‘n’ roll, which, since its inception, has been glaringly open about its disdain for, and love of abusing, women.
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