Might 10, 2021 | 11:52pm ET
Megadeth have issued an announcement concerning a narrative wherein bassist David Ellefson admitted to “embarrassing” online interactions with a younger girl whereas denying allegations that he groomed her.
To shortly recap, the 56-year-old Ellefson launched his personal assertion on Instagram early Monday addressing a leaked video that confirmed the bassist engaged in a sexually specific on-line encounter with a younger girl. The veteran steel musician, who has been married for 27 years, admitted to the “non-public, grownup interactions” whereas additionally sharing an announcement from the girl herself, who revealed that she was not underage. She added, “It was all consensual, I’m not a sufferer and I’ve not been groomed within the slightest, as I used to be the one to provoke it.”
After the story made headlines all through the day, Megadeth addressed the matter with a band assertion within the night, acknowledging the state of affairs whereas sustaining they have been unaware of sure “facets of David’s non-public life”:
“We’re conscious of the latest statements concerning David Ellefson, and are watching developments intently. Because it pertains to creativity and enterprise, we’re all aware of each other. Nonetheless, there are clearly facets of David’s non-public life that he has stored to himself. As this example unfolds, it is crucial that every one voices be heard clearly and respectfully. We stay up for the reality coming to mild.”
Together with frontman Dave Mustaine, Ellefson is a founding member of Megadeth, remaining with the band from 1983 by way of 2002 and rejoining the group in 2010.
The legendary thrash outfit is getting set to launch its as-yet-unannounced follow-up to 2016’s Dystopia, and can embark on a co-headlining North American tour with Lamb of God starting in August.
As Megadeth assessment the matter internally, Ellefson has since made his Instagram account non-public. The band assertion will be seen within the tweet under.
— Megadeth (@Megadeth) May 11, 2021