Former Real Estate member Matt Mondanile, who records under the moniker Ducktails, has responded to sexual misconduct allegations leveraged against him earlier in the week when SPIN published a report in which seven women shared stories about Mondanile’s alleged behavior. In the report, Mondanile is accused of groping and forcibly kissing women without their consent. Mondanile issued a statement through his attorneys via Pitchfork. The statement reflects on both the allegations and his dismissal from Real Estate in 2016; according to Mondanile’s attorneys, Real Estate required that he sign a “leaving agreement” that prohibits both the remaining members and Mondanile of making derogatory statements about each other following their separation. Read the statement below.
Recently, there have been allegations and articles circulating regarding Musician Matthew Mondanile’s past conduct toward women. This statement, issued through his attorneys, is intended as a general response to what has been written.
First and foremost, Matt would like to apologize: “I am endlessly sorry for my inappropriate behavior. I took advantage of my position as a musician, though I never intended to hurt anyone emotionally or otherwise. I’ve been an insensitive creep and again I apologize to everyone and anyone who was affected by this. I respect and commend the women who have come forward. Their breaking silence has compelled me to seek a more intense course of self-reflection, and personal development. I make no excuses for my behavior, I only want everyone to be ok. Words cannot convey how truly sorry I am.”
Despite Matt’s attorneys’ legal analysis of the allegations, Matt has insisted that nothing be said that blames or casts aspersions upon his accusers. Much of what has been written and talked about is false and defamatory. Nonetheless, Matthew accepts responsibility for his less than exemplary behavior. Matt realizes that in his eagerness for physical contact and gratification, he has been far from sensitive in his pursuit of women. However, Matt’s attorneys insist that it should be known that for each of the instances described in the media and online, there are two sides to these stories.
Regarding Real Estate, the band required Matt to sign a “leaving agreement” in February 2016 that prohibits both him and the band members from making any negative or derogatory statements about the other, or that may negatively affect the other’s reputation and career. In violating the terms of the agreement, Real Estate band members were not “protecting the victims,” they were instead protecting themselves by sidestepping the controversy to protect the band’s commercial viability.
Prior to this statement, Mondanile did not respond to SPIN’s multiple requests for comment. The only acknowledgement of the alleged behavior came when he stated the following: “I’ve learned from my mistakes and been very good for a long time.”
Several scheduled Ducktails performances have been cancelled in light of these allegations.