Vanderpump Rules Tom Sandoval’s Response to Backlash Over O.J. Simpson & George Floyd Comparisons

– Tom Sandoval admitted to making a mistake and apologized for comparing his media backlash to the O.J. Simpson trial and the George Floyd murder
– He backtracked on his statements and expressed regret for making inappropriate and ignorant comparisons
– Sandoval’s affair with Rachel Leviss led to his breakup with Ariana Madix, and the aftermath of the split received significant public attention and backlash

Here is what happened:

Tom Sandoval admits he made a mistake. The Vanderpump Rules star apologized after receiving backlash for comparing the media scrutiny he faced for his 2023 affair with costar Rachel “Raquel” Leviss to the 1995 O.J. Simpson trial and the 2020 murder of George Floyd.

In a statement to E! News, Sandoval explained, “My intentions behind the comments I made in New York Times Magazine were to explain the level of national media attention my affair received. The comparison was inappropriate and ignorant.”

After the backlash, Sandoval went on to express that he was “incredibly sorry and embarrassed.” The reality star’s backtracking arrived hours after The New York Times Magazine published an interview in which Sandoval compared the public’s reaction to his split with Ariana Madix to those of the Simpson and Floyd incidents.

Tom Sandoval vowed to apologize to Ariana Madix for his reckless actions amid their breakup, expressing deep regret for causing her pain. He indicated that he would be taking a hiatus to address everything else and work on himself.

Raquel Leviss entered a facility to obtain mental health counseling in light of the affair rumblings. She revealed to her followers that she had been seeking treatment for her well-being. “Raquel was scheduled to go in pre-reunion but decided she wanted to finish her filming commitment,” her rep said, confirming that Bravo and production were aware and supportive of her journey towards better mental health.

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