Singer-songwriter Julia Holter has accused former Real Estate guitarist Matt Mondanile of serious emotional abuse over a two-year period.

Mondanile, who has worked under the Ducktails moniker since being fired by Real Estate for the “unacceptable treatment of women”, has been accused by numerous different women detailing his abuse.

Now Holter, who is rumoured to have dated Mondanile, has come forward with her own harrowing story after being inspired by other brave women: “Their allegations are in line with each other and they are in line with what I came to know about Matt in the past, which is that he does not have boundaries,” Holter wrote in a statement. “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/confused about his behavior in my experience, and wondering if there was missing information. So these other accounts have helped me understand,” she writes. “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. Thank you to the women who have spoken out, and if there are others out there who find it too hard, that is understandable, and just know that you aren’t alone.”

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