Adams, by his lawyer, mentioned that whereas he “has communications online with various fans and aspiring musicians,” he “does not recall having online communications with anyone related to anything outside of music.” The lawyer added that “if, in fact, this woman was underage, Mr. Adams was unaware.” He pointed to her performances in golf equipment and offered photographs of Ava from that point, saying she seemed “approximately 20.”
Laws concerning specific digital communication with a minor range from state to state and are separate from age of consent legal guidelines, which embody bodily contact. In Ohio, the place Ava lived, it’s a felony to solicit, alternate or possess any materials that reveals a individual below 18 participating in sexual exercise. New York, the place Adams was throughout a few of these exchanges, has comparable legal guidelines concerning youngsters youthful than 17, and federal statutes use 18 because the age of maturity.
Several authorized specialists mentioned that prosecuting such circumstances might contain disputes over jurisdiction and whether or not the grownup moderately believed the minor was of authorized age, taking into consideration context from their conversations.
Ava mentioned that as her communication with Adams went on, she grew uneasy about their unequal dynamic. Once, she mentioned, the 2 agreed to video chat, however once they linked on Skype, Adams was already bare. “It was just sexual power,” Ava mentioned.
As their relationship waned, Adams returned to the opportunity of recording collectively. But for Ava, the concept she could be objectified or need to sleep with folks to get forward “just totally put me off to the whole idea” of being a musician, she mentioned. She by no means performed one other gig.
The music world, through which a tradition of late nights and boundary-pushing habits has been normalized, hasn’t been as roiled by the #MeToo motion as different sectors of media and leisure. But many within the enterprise say that harassment and inequitable therapy of girls is pervasive and that the “sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll” ethos has shielded males from being held to account.