Ryan Adams is facing allegations of emotional abuse and sexual misconduct by multiple women, according to a report in The New York Times.

The 44-year-old American singer-songwriter is the subject of an article in the newspaper in which seven women and more than a dozen associates make allegations against him.

They describe a pattern of "manipulative behaviour in which Adams dangled career opportunities while simultaneously pursuing female artists for sex", the report claims.

Responding to the article on Twitter, Adams said it was "upsettingly inaccurate".

One of the women alleges he exchanged sexually explicit messages online with her as a teenager.

Adams' lawyer Andrew Brettler told the newspaper that the singer "unequivocally denies that he ever engaged in inappropriate online sexual communications with someone he knew was underage."

The singer's  ex-wife, the singer and actress Mandy Moore, to whom he was married for nearly six years from 2009 to 2016, alleged that he was psychologically abusive during their relationship.

Mandy Moore alleges Ryan Adams was psychologically abusive during their marriage

She told the newspaper: "Music was a point of control for him.

"He would always tell me, ‘You’re not a real musician, because you don’t play an instrument.’"

The This Is Us star claimed that he stifled her music career.

"His controlling behavior essentially did block my ability to make new connections in the industry during a very pivotal and potentially lucrative time - my entire mid-to-late 20s", she said.

Through his lawyer, Adams called Moore’s characterisation of their time together "completely inconsistent with his view of the relationship."

Megan Butterworth, his ex-fiancée, also said that he was controlling and emotionally abusive during their time together - behaviour that Adams has disputed.

Adams, who is due to release three new albums in 2019, has responded to the New York Times article on Twitter, saying he is "not a perfect man" and apologising to "anyone I have ever hurt".

However he said the report is "upsettingly inaccurate".

He wrote: "I am not a perfect man and I have made many mistakes. To anyone I have ever hurt, however unintentionally, I apologize deeply and unreservedly.

"But the picture that this article paints is upsettingly inaccurate. Some of its details are misrepresented; some are exaggerated; some are outright false. I would never have inappropriate interactions with someone I thought was underage. Period.

"As someone who has always tried to spread joy through my music and my life, hearing that some people believe I caused them pain saddens me greatly. I am resolved to work to be the best man I can be. And I wish everyone compassion, understanding and healing."