An indie rocker accused of a pattern of sexual impropriety toward women is now acknowledging he’s been an “insensitive creep” and admits he took advantage of his status as a musician.
Matt Mondanile — the ex-guitarist for the New Jersey-bred rock band Real Estate — apologized for his past behavior a little over a week after his former bandmates revealed he was kicked out after allegations of his “unacceptable treatment” of women began to surface.
“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,” Mondanile said in a statement to Pitchfork through his legal team.
“I’ve been an insensitive creep and again I apologize to everyone and anyone who was affected by this,” he said. “I respect and commend the women who have come forward.”
Mondanile, 32, did not go into specifics about the allegations, but said he’s begun to engage in an “intense course of self-reflection, and personal development.”
His apology comes days after Spin magazine published a report in which numerous women — most of whom did not reveal their identities — came forward to accuse Mondanile of sexual impropriety, with allegations spanning the past decade.
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Mondanile had initially denied doing anything wrong to Pitchfork, before his former band released its statement explaining the true reason for his exit. The group had previously said Mondanile left to focus on his own project, Ducktails.
The guitarist told the Daily News in September that he left Real Estate in February because he wanted to pursue other creative avenues as an artist that he couldn’t with the band.
“It’s way easy for me to just do anything I want and not have to do the lame stuff I would have to do with them,” he said at the time. “Like, play a crappy jam band festival in Arizona.”
His attorneys claim many of the allegations against Mondanile are “false and defamatory,” but said Mondanile accepts responsibility for what they characterized as “less than exemplary behavior.”