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The Ryan Adams story should prompt men to see the “tortured artist” act for what it is

As a young man, it was easy to fall for Adams' me-against-the-world act. But we should all be vigilant about how art can conceal abuse

By Caspar Salmon  

Ryan Adams performs on stage. Photo: PA

This week has brought a fresh round of revelations of abusive behaviour by men, like an overspilling bucket drawn from a bottomless well. From the French media figures who participated in the self-described “Ligue du LOL,” a Facebook group dedicated to the sport of online harassment, to the article in the New York Times about Ryan Adams’ alleged coercive and controlling behaviour towards a child and several exes, these new stories are helping to extend and modulate our understanding of abuse.

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