Rock band The Neighborhood have hit out at their drummer Brandon Fried after he was accused of assault.
Maria Zardoya, frontwoman of indie band Marías, accused the drummer, 32, of unwanted lewdness, saying it was “one of the most awkward things” she had ever experienced.
“I was at a bar last night and Brandon Fried, the drummer next door, took me under the table. It was one of the most uncomfortable things I have ever experienced. I felt an invasion of my space, privacy and body,” Sardoya wrote in her Instagram story.
She then told the band they “need a new drummer, this guy is a total creep.”
Not long after her shocking post, the band announced Sunday night that Fried would no longer be a part of The Neighborhood.
“We are grateful to Mary for coming forward. “We have zero tolerance for any kind of inappropriate behavior towards women,” the “Sweater Weather” hitmaker wrote.
“As a result of Brandon’s actions, he will no longer be a member of the neighborhood.”
In a statement on Instagram, Fried apologized to the singer and took responsibility for his actions.
“I feel so sorry for Maria. My actions were inexcusable and intolerable,” the 32-year-old wrote. “They don’t reflect who I am as a person, but clearly reflect who I am under the influence.”
Fried said he had to “work through my problems with alcohol and drug abuse” before revealing he was now “seeking help”.
“I want to apologize to the women who were the victims of any behavior that made them feel uncomfortable or violated,” he added. “I’m sorry to let the neighbors and our fans down.”
The California rock band was formed in 2011 and consists of guitarists Jeremy Friedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margot and singer Jesse Rutherford.
Fried joined the band in 2014.
The band has released four studio albums, with their most recent release being 2020’s “Chip Chrome and Mono-tones”.
Frontman Rutherford, 31, recently confirmed his romance with singer Billie Eilish, 20, after the pair made their red carpet debut at the 2022 LACMA Art + Film Gala.