Tom Sandoval speaks out following ‘Vanderpump Rules’ cheating scandal

(CNN) Tom Sandoval apologized, but not to the expected person.

The ‘Vanderpump Rules’ star posted a statement to his verified Instagram account over the weekend after he reportedly split from longtime girlfriend and castmate Ariana Madix.

“Hey, I completely understand and deserve your anger and disappointment with me, but please keep Schwartz, my friends and family out of this situation,” the statement began. “Schwartz only discovered this very recently and certainly did not condone my actions. It was a very personal thing.”

Sandoval was referring to his friend and business partner, Tom Schwartz, with whom he co-owns Schwartz and Sandy’s Lounge in Los Angeles.

“Schwartz & Sandy’s might have my name on it, but there are also 3 other partners and 20 employees, who are particularly dependent on the restaurant for their income and that of their families,” Sandoval wrote, adding that he “will take a step back and take a break out of respect for my employees and partners.”

“Please direct your anger at me and not at them. They did nothing wrong,” Sandoval wrote. “I am truly sorry that my partners, Greg, Brett and Schwartz and our employees have to suffer for my actions.”

The drama comes after allegations that Sandoval cheated on Madix with their co-star, Raquel Leviss.

CNN has reached out to representatives for Madix and Leviss for comment.

A statement was posted to Schwartz and Sandy’s Instagram page after it was slammed on Yelp with negative reviews.

“In light of recent news, we appreciate the many words of support, but we also understand the outpouring of outrage that has been directed at our businesses,” the statement read. “However, those of us who are not famous have poured their time, heart and money into making this restaurant a reality.”

“We appreciate that you may feel a certain way, but please understand that the livelihoods of others also depend on this activity,” the statement continued. “There are four other people involved in this business in addition to Tom Sandoval and Tom Schwartz.”

Bravo host and producer Andy Cohen confirmed on his SiriusXM program “Andy Cohen Live” on Monday that “Vanderpump Rules” cameras captured all of the show’s drama.

“You may have heard rumors that the cameras were on this weekend. Yes, the cameras were on,” Cohen said. The cameras have been on everyone, getting reactions and filming, so you’ll see that play out in a sense this season of ‘Vanderpump Rules’ before the reunion.”

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