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The Neighbourhood fired their drummer after sexual misconduct issue

The neighbourhood drummer fired for sexual misconduct

The rock band The Neighbourhood has fired their drummer, Brandon Fried, after he was accused of groping a woman at a bar. 

Maria Zardoya, frontwoman of indie band The Marias claimed the 32-year-old drummer groped her under the table while sitting together at a bar. She described it as “one of the most uncomfortable things” that ever happened to her. 

“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,” the singer wrote in her Instagram story. 

The Neighbourhood fires the drummer for sexual misconduct

 

She then approached the band to tell them that they “need a new drummer, this guy is a creep.”

It didn’t take long for The Neighbourhood to announce that Fried was no longer part of the band. The group created a post on Twitter stating the following. 

“We are grateful for 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.”

Fried also made a statement apologizing to Zardoya and taking accountability for his actions. 

“I am so terribly sorry to Maria. My actions were inexcusable and intolerable. They are not reflective of who I am as a person, but clearly a reflection of who I become while under the influence,” the drummer wrote. 

He also said he “must address my problems with alcohol and substance abuse,” and that he is now “seeking help.”

“I want to apologize to women who have been victims of any behavior that has left them feeling uncomfortable or violated. I am so sorry to The Neighbourhood and our fans for letting them down.” 

The Neighbourhood is a California rock band formed in 2011 consisting of guitarists Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margot and singer Jesse Rutherford. Fried joined the band in 2014. 

They are best known for their hit song “Sweater Weather.”

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