“Hey, I fully understand and deserve ur anger and disappointment towards me, but please leave Schwartz my friends and family out of this situation…,” Sandoval, wrote asking for fans to leave his best friend and business partner, Tom Schwartz, out of the drama. “Schwartz specifically only found out about this very recently, and most definitely did not condone my actions.”

“This was a very personal thing,” Sandoval maintained.

The 39-year-old reality star also urged fans to leave their bar out of it, and stressed that his business partners and employees have done “nothing wrong.”

“I’m so sorry that my partners, Greg, Brett, and Schwartz and our employees have to suffer for my actions,” he wrote before signing off. “I will be taking a step back & taking a hiatus out of respect for my employees & partners. I need some time to address everything else. Sorry for everything.”

On their official Instagram page, Schwartz and Sandy’s also posted a message, asking fans to step back. “In light of the recent news we appreciate the many words of support but we also understand the outpouring of outrage that has been directed towards our business,” their post read. “However, those of us who are not famous have dedicated our time, hearts and money to make this restaurant a reality.”

The post included kind words for Madix. “We too are disappointed by the current situation, as Ariana has always been a good friend and a great supporter of the restaurant,” it read.

“We appreciate that you may feel a certain way, but please understand that the livelihoods of others also depend on this business,” the message noted. “There are far more people involved in this venue other than just Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz. Our staff, from the waitresses and bartenders to the cooks and dishwashers, all have had nothing to do with this unfortunate situation. Please take into consideration, that point negative comments affect more than just the individual you may be upset with.”

“Our goal has always been to create a place where our community can come and enjoy a fun atmosphere with good food and friendly service and we intend to continue to focus on that endeavor,” the statement concluded.

Speaking out again Wednesday Sandoval, shared a second personal message on his Instagram account, in which he apologized to “everyone I’ve hurt.”



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