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

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

The 39-year-old reality star also urged fans to leave their pub out, and stressed that his business partners and employees “didn’t do anything wrong.”

“I am so sorry that my partners, Greg, Brett, and Schwartz and our staff must suffer because of my actions,” he wrote before signing. “I’m going to take a step back and take a hiatus out of respect for my employees and partners. I need some time to process everything else. Sorry for everything.”

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

The post included kind words for Madix. “We are also disappointed with the current situation because Ariana has always been a good friend and a huge supporter of the restaurant,” the statement read.

The letter noted, “We appreciate that you may feel a certain way, but please understand that other people’s livelihoods also depend on this work.” “There are far more people involved in this place than just Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz. Our staff, from waitresses and bartenders to chefs and dishwashers, all have nothing to do with this unfortunate situation. Please keep in mind that point negative comments affect more than just the individual Which you might feel bad about.”

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

Speaking again Wednesday, Sandoval shared a second personal message on his Instagram account, apologizing to “everyone I’ve hurt.”