Musician Julia Holter posted a long note on Facebook late Tuesday supporting the women who have accused former Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile, who she reportedly dated, and saying their allegations are “in line with what I came to know about Matt in the past, which is that he does not have boundaries.
“In my experience, he was emotionally abusive to the point where I had to have a lawyer intervene and was afraid for my life,” she wrote.
Like many other women who suffer from abusive relationships, she said she initially shared her experience with just a few close friends and felt confused about how to address it.
“This subject has been complicated for me to address because I’ve spent over two years now alone/confused about his behavior in my experience, and wondering if there was missing information. So these other accounts have helped me understand,” she wrote. “Thank you to the women who have spoken out, and if there are others out there who find it too hard, that is understandable, and just know that you aren’t alone.”
Read Holter’s full note here. Mondanile’s lawyer did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.
The guitarist left Real Estate early last year ostensibly to focus on his Ducktails solo project, but on Oct. 13 the band issued a statement saying that he’d been fired over “allegations of unacceptable treatment of women.” Several women came forward with specific claims in the following days, and Mondanile issued a statement through his lawyers admitting “inappropriate behavior.”
Holter’s account is the latest in a wave of similar allegations of sexual assault and abuse that have jarred the indie and alternative rock worlds, including allegations made Tuesday by former Crystal Castles singer Alice Glass against the band’s Ethan Kath. In recent months women also have come forward with allegations against PWR BTTM singer Ben Hopkins, solo artist Alex Calder (both of whom have admitted to the accusations) and DJ Gaslamp Killer. In a related development, Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez was accused of rape and abuse by his former girlfriend Jessicka Addams, ex-lead singer of Jack Off Jill.