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The Neighbourhood fires drummer after alleged sexual assault

Rock band the Neighbourhood introduced over the weekend that they’ve dismissed their drummer, Brandon Fried, after a number of ladies accused Fried of sexual assault.

María Zardoya, lead singer of the Los Angeles-based indie pop band the Marías, mentioned on the group’s Instagram account Sunday that Fried had groped her whereas at a bar the earlier night.

“I was at a bar last night, and I was groped under the table by Brandon Fried … the drummer of the Neighbourhood. It was one of the most uncomfortable things I’ve ever experienced. I felt an invasion of my space, privacy and body,” Zardoya wrote in an Instagram story.

“Ya’ll need a new drummer,” Zardoya added, tagging the Neighbourhood’s account. “This guy is a total creep.”

Zardoya’s publish drew outcry from followers, who known as on Fried’s bandmates, together with lead singer Jesse Rutherford, for accountability. The allegation prompted one other lady, Sofi Padilla to talk out about Fried’s alleged conduct.

“With [Zardoya] saying something I felt like I needed to too,” Padilla wrote in a tweet.

In her Instagram account, the music supervisor accused Fried of sexually assaulting her in May. She additionally shared screenshots from a dialog she had with Fried over Instagram direct messages from May 7.

“You definitely crossed the line and it was pretty disappointing,” Padilla wrote to Fried within the May dialog.

Fried responded by apologizing for “being such a drunk guy” the night time earlier than and that “no amount of drugs or alcohol can excuse behavior like that.”

Padilla on Sunday mentioned she has struggled to maneuver ahead from the expertise, which she mentioned has been “awkward and shameful” for the reason that two share mates.

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“To be honest what happened with Brandon is something I think about almost daily,” she wrote. “You can feel like you’re totally in control until someone makes you feel powerless.”

By Sunday afternoon, Fried issued an apology through Instagram 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, partly attributing his conduct to his struggles with alcohol and substance abuse, including that he’s searching for assist.

Fried went on to supply a broader apology to “women who have been victims of any behavior that has left them feeling uncomfortable or violated.” But shortly after his publish, the Neighbourhood introduced his termination in an announcement shared on the band’s social media accounts:

“We are grateful to Maria for coming forward. We have zero tolerance for any kind of inappropriate behavior towards women. As a result of Brandon’s actions, he will no longer be a member of The Neighbourhood.”

The Neighbourhood fashioned in Newbury Park in 2011 and is understood for multiplatinum singles “Daddy Issues” and “Sweater Weather,” which discovered new life after a sped-up model of the music was used for a TikTookay dance development in 2020. Fried joined the band in 2014 after former drummer Bryan Sammis left to pursue a solo profession.

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