The Neighborhood drops drummer Brandon Fried after hearing a complaint



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The Neighborhood has fired drummer Brandon Fried after he was accused of touching a woman and apologized for it.

María Zardoya of the band The Marías shared her account of the incident on the Instagram Stories portion of the band’s verified account.

“I was at a bar last night and got groped under the table by the neighborhood drummer Brandon Fried. It was one of the most awkward things I’ve ever experienced,” he wrote. “I felt an invasion of my space, privacy and body. @thenbhd you all need a new drummer this guy is an idiot.

“We are grateful to Maria for coming forward,” The Neighborhood wrote in statement shared on their verified social networks.

“We have zero tolerance for any type of inappropriate behavior towards women,” the statement continued. “As a result of Brandon’s actions, he will no longer be a member of The Neighbourhood.”

Fried also released a statement on social media.

“I am so sorry for María. My actions were inexcusable and intolerable,” he wrote in a statement posted on his Instagram stories. “They are not a reflection of who I am as a person, but clearly a reflection of who I become under the influence.”

“Obviously I need to address my issues with alcohol and substance abuse, for which I am now seeking help,” he added.

“I want to apologize to the women who were victims of any behavior that made them feel uncomfortable or violated,” Fried concluded. “I’m also sorry to The Neighborhood and our fans for letting them down.”

The band is best known for their hit song “Sweater Weather”.

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