In the statement, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said, “We are informing our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth. We do not take this decision lightly.“Although we don’t know all the details of what happened, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make it impossible to work together moving forward.
“We can’t wait to see our fans on the road this summer, and we can’t wait to share our brand new music with the world. It’s almost over. “
Ellefson has denied the allegations, which came after graphic texts and video footage were shared on Twitter. While he admitted on his Instagram account – which is now private – that “adult interactions” had taken place, he claimed that they had been “taken out of context and manipulated to inflict maximum damage to my reputation, my career and my family ”.
The woman involved also came forward to deny the suggestion that she was underage at the time the video calls took place, saying, “Nothing inappropriate has ever happened before. Everything was consensual, I am not a victim and I was not treated. to the least extent that it was I who initiated it. “
Megadeth initially responded cautiously to the allegations, saying, “We are aware of recent statements regarding David Ellefson and are monitoring developments closely.
“When it comes to creativity and business, we all know each other. However, there are clearly aspects of David’s private life that he kept to himself.
“As this situation unfolds, it is important that all voices are heard clearly and respectfully. We eagerly await the revelation of the truth. “
Ellefson was a co-founder of Megadeth, joining the group in 1983.