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Published: 2017/10/20

Matt Mondanile Addresses Sexual Assault Allegations

Former Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile has released a statement, via his lawyers, regarding the recent allegations of sexual assault against him, Pitchfork reported today. Mondanile’s ex-bandmates in Real Estate revealed last week that he was fired from the band following accusations of sexual misconduct, which SPIN later detailed with statements from multiple women.

“I am endlessly sorry for my inappropriate behavior,” Mondanile writes in his quoted portion of the statement, which is framed by words from his attorneys. “I took advantage of my position as a musician, though I never intended to hurt anyone emotionally or otherwise. I’ve been an insensitive creep and again I apologize to everyone and anyone who was affected by this.”

Mondanile goes on to address the women detailed in the SPIN story, saying, “I respect and commend the women who have come forward. Their breaking silence has compelled me to seek a more intense course of self-reflection, and personal development. I make no excuses for my behavior, I only want everyone to be ok. Words cannot convey how truly sorry I am.”

The lawyer’s words note that his legal team has found the allegations to be “false and defamatory” and that “there are two sides to these stories,” but that Mondanile “accepts his responsibility for his less than exemplary behavior.” The statement also asserts that Real Estate violated a contract signed at the time of Mondanile’s firing from the band that prohibited both sides from saying anything against the other. Last week, the band released a statement saying the firing took place after the allegations of “unacceptable treatment of women” were presented to them and that they didn’t come forward with the truth about their reasoning initially to protect the victims.

“In violating the terms of the agreement, Real Estate band members were not ‘protecting the victims,’ they were instead protecting themselves by sidestepping the controversy to protect the band’s commercial viability,” the lawyer’s words read.

See the full statement below.

Recently, there have been allegations and articles circulating regarding Musician Matthew Mondanile’s past conduct toward women. This statement, issued through his attorneys, is intended as a general response to what has been written.

First and foremost, Matt would like to apologize: “I am endlessly sorry for my inappropriate behavior. I took advantage of my position as a musician, though I never intended to hurt anyone emotionally or otherwise. I’ve been an insensitive creep and again I apologize to everyone and anyone who was affected by this. I respect and commend the women who have come forward. Their breaking silence has compelled me to seek a more intense course of self-reflection, and personal development. I make no excuses for my behavior, I only want everyone to be ok. Words cannot convey how truly sorry I am.”

Despite Matt’s attorneys’ legal analysis of the allegations, Matt has insisted that nothing be said that blames or casts aspersions upon his accusers. Much of what has been written and talked about is false and defamatory. Nonetheless, Matthew accepts responsibility for his less than exemplary behavior. Matt realizes that in his eagerness for physical contact and gratification, he has been far from sensitive in his pursuit of women. However, Matt’s attorneys insist that it should be known that for each of the instances described in the media and online, there are two sides to these stories.

Regarding Real Estate, the band required Matt to sign a “leaving agreement” in February 2016 that prohibits both him and the band members from making any negative or derogatory statements about the other, or that may negatively affect the other’s reputation and career. In violating the terms of the agreement, Real Estate band members were not “protecting the victims,” they were instead protecting themselves by sidestepping the controversy to protect the band’s commercial viability.

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