The Neighbourhood drummer Brandon Fried is no longer in the band following an allegation of sexual misconduct against him.
Over the weekend, musician María Zardoya, lead singer of the band The Marías, posted in an Instagram Story that Fried had “groped [her] under the table” while they were both at a bar.
“It was one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever experienced,” Zardoya wrote. “I felt an invasion of my space, privacy and body.”
Tagging The Neighbourhood, Zardoya wrote that the band “need[s] a new drummer,” adding that Fried is “a complete creep.”
The “Sweater Weather” outfit then tweeted that “As a result of Brandon’s actions, he will no longer be a member of The Neighbourhood.”
“We are grateful to Maria for coming forward,” the tweet reads. “We have zero tolerance for any kind of inappropriate behavior towards women.”
Fried, who’d been The Neighbourhood’s drummer since 2014, has also released a statement on his Instagram Story apologizing to Zardoya for his “inexcusable and intolerable” actions.
“They are not reflective of who I am as a person, but clearly a reflection of who I become while under the influence,” Fried wrote. “It is evident that I must address my problems with alcohol and substance abuse, which I am now seeking help for.”
“I want to apologize to women who have been victims of any behavior that has left them feeling uncomfortable or violated,” he added. “I am also sorry to The Neighbourhood and our fans for letting them down.”
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