Megadeth released an statement saying the band is watching closely the developments of the case regarding bassist David Ellefson, that had a personal video leaked on the internet showing him sexually touching himself. While the identity of the female involved in the exchange was not revealed, rumors began to circulate that she was an underage girl whom the 56-year-old married musician was grooming.
Fans also alerted that Dave Mustaine unfollowed David Ellefson in his social networks after that fact.
“We are aware of the recent statements regarding David Ellefson, and are watching developments closely,” the metal giants said in a post to social media. “As it relates to creativity and business, we are all familiar with one another. However, there are clearly aspects of David’s private life that he has kept to himself. As this situation unfolds, it is important that all voices be heard clearly and respectfully. We look forward to the truth coming to light.”
— Megadeth (@Megadeth) May 11, 2021
“As you may or not know, some private and personal conversations and interactions have surfaced online. Released with ill intention by a third party who was not authorized to have them or share them. While certainly embarrassing, I want to address it as openly and honestly as possible. As much as it’s not something I’m proud of, these were private, adult interactions that were taken out of context and manipulated to inflict maximum damage to my reputation my career and family.”
After the repercussion, Ellefson changed his Instagram profile to private.
I am a Brazilian journalist, a Classic Rock and Heavy Metal lover. Music has always been part of my life, helped me through tough moments and was with me to celebrate the good ones. When I became a journalist I knew I wanted to write about my passions. After college I did a postgraduate degree in digital communication. This has helped me to make the website better and bring the best of classic rock to the world! MTB: 0021377/MG