A week after Real Estate acknowledged that guitarist Matt Mondanile was ejected from the band for “unacceptable treatment of women” — and days after Spin published allegations against him from multiple women — the guitarist has issued a statement.
Via his lawyers, Mondanile acknowledges and apologizes for his “inappropriate behavior,” calls himself an “insensitive creep” and “respect[s] and commend[s] the women who have come forward.” He did not address any of the allegations individually, and the statement, which was written by his lawyers and includes quotes from him, claims that “Much of what has been written and talked about is false and defamatory.”
The statement further claims that Mondanile and the bandmembers signed an agreement upon his departure from the band 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.” Referencing the band’s statement last Friday about Mondanile’s behavior, Mondanile’s statement says: “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.”
Mondanile’s statement contradicts his comment to Pitchfork last Friday, in which he said, “There’s nothing I can tell you other than that I’ve done nothing wrong at all.”
Reps for Real Estate and the band’s label, Domino, had not responded to Variety’s request for comment at press time. Mondanile’s statement follows in full 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.