The Neighbourhood has announced that they have fired their drummer, Brandon Fried after he was accused of groping Maria Zardoya, of the band The Marias.
The first allegation was made on Sunday (November 13th) after Zardoya posted the incident on her Instagram story.
“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 Neighbourhood posted on their Instagram story shortly after, confirming that Fried had been fired from the band.
“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.”
Fried shared a message on his Instagram story as well:
“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. It is evident that I must address my problems with alcohol and substance abuse, which I am now seeking help for.”
The Neighbourhood have fired drummer Brandon Fried after it was revealed that he sexually assaulted The Marías singer, María Zardoya. pic.twitter.com/qfgd9U8a0F
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) November 14, 2022