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Report: FBI Looking Into Singer Ryan Adams’ Texts With Underage Fan

The FBI is reportedly looking into whether singer-songwriter Ryan Adams committed a crime when engaging in “sexually explicit communications” with a minor, the New York Times reports. Agents from the Crimes Against Children Squad in the New York office reportedly took steps to open a criminal probe against Adams and plan to seek an interview with the woman who reportedly corresponded with Adams when she was 15 and 16, along with access to the text messages. From there, the agents may subpoena cellphone records from both the woman and Adams. Adams' lawyer, Andrew Brettler, reportedly said Adams had not been contacted by law enforcement and denied the singer “engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage.” A lawyer for the woman, now 20, reportedly declined to comment to the Times. An F.B.I. spokeswoman also reportedly declined to comment. In a previous Times report, the woman, identified only as Ava, said Adams reached out to her when she was 14 and had explicit conversations online and over texts with her when she was 15 and 16.