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Julia Holter speaks out about “emotionally abusive” Matt Mondanile

By | Published on Thursday 26 October 2017

Julia Holter

Julia Holter has issued a statement on her experiences with former Real Estate member Matt Mondanile, with whom she was in a relationship for a time. This follows accusations of assault and sexual misconduct made against him by a number of women.

As previously reported, following an exposé by Spin earlier this month, Real Estate revealed that Mondanile was fired from the band last year when they became aware of “allegations of unacceptable treatment of women”. Following a second article by Spin, detailing further accusations, Mondanile, now working on his solo project Ducktails, last week issued a statement acknowledging that he had engaged in “inappropriate behaviour” and had been an “insensitive creep”.

Commenting on the allegations that have now come to light, Holter said yesterday: “Their allegations are in line with each other and they are in line with what I have come to know about Matt in the past, which is that he does not have boundaries. In my experience, he was emotionally abusive to the point where I had to have a lawyer intervene and was afraid for my life”.

“This subject has been complicated for me to address because I’ve spent over two years now alone [and] confused about his behaviour in my experience, and wondering if there was missing information”, she concluded. “So these other accounts have helped me understand. When you’re in it, you question your own reality and you wonder if you are making things up or are you making a big deal out of nothing. It helps when others come forward to validate the fact that you weren’t wrong”.

Read Holter’s full statement here.