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Ryan Adams denies supplying Albert Hammond, Jr. with drugs

Ryan Adams has denied claims he introduced The Strokes rocker Albert Hammond, Jr. to heroin.
Ryan and Albert were close pals in the early 2000s New York rock scene, and have both been interviewed by author Lizzy Goodman for her new book Meet Me In The Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City.
In an excerpt published by Vulture.com, Albert said, “Ryan would always come and wake me at two in the morning and have drugs, so I’d just do the drugs and kind of numb out.”
The 42-year-old denied his friend’s claims and told Lizzy,”I didn’t do drugs socially, and I don’t remember doing drugs with Albert ever. I wanted to smoke cigarettes and drink, like, dark red wine or vodka and write all night.
“That’s so sad, because Albert and I were friends. If anything, I really felt like I had an eye on him in a way that they never did… I loved him so deeply. I would never ever have given him a bag of heroin.”
According to Albert, 37, however, Ryan was such a bad influence that his The Strokes bandmate Julian Casablancas threatened to resort to violence.
“I remember Julian threatening to beat Ryan up if he hung out with me, as a protective thing,” he explained. “He’d heard that Ryan would come and give me heroin, so he was just like, “If you come to my apartment again with heroin, I’m going to kick your a**.”
Ryan remembers his falling out with the Last Nite rockers differently, saying the group and their manager Ryan Gentles invited him to a bar and told him to stay away from the group.
He explained, “I was more or less given a lecture, a hypocritical lecture, and then they told me that I was not going to be part of their scene anymore. It was very weird. It was easy to brand me as the problem. I would suspect that they soon learned that I was not the problem.”
Ryan and Albert have both been sober for a number of years.

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