In a statement posted on Twitter On Monday morning, legendary heavy metal band Megadeth announced that they were officially parting ways with bassist and co-founder David Ellefson following a series of allegations of sexual misconduct involving Ellefson and a minor. Vocalist, guitarist and band co-founder Dave Mustaine signed the statement and said it won’t slow down the band’s touring and release schedule.
“We inform our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth and that we are officially separating from him,” the statement read. “We are not taking this decision lightly. While 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.
On May 10, a series of allegations against Ellefson, accusing her of having “treated” a minor, spread on social networks. Throughout the day, screenshots and clips of video messages between Ellefson and the alleged victim were circulated online. Some commentators have claimed that the girl in question has not reached the age of consent. Ellefson has denied the allegations about her now private Instagram Account. Before shutting down the account to the public, he wrote that the posts were “private interactions between adults that were taken out of context and manipulated to damage my reputation, career and family as much as possible.” The bassist claimed that these messages were broadcast “with bad intent by a third party who was not authorized to have or share them”. Additionally, Effelson posted a video that featured the woman in question saying that she was “always a consenting adult” and that “everything was consensual and fully online”. However, the woman the identity has never been confirmed and the comment has since been deleted.
Megadeth responded to the allegations, saying they were monitoring the situation. “We are aware of recent statements regarding David Ellefson and are closely monitoring developments,” the group said in a statement. declaration. “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 evolves, it is important that all voices are heard clearly and respectfully. We eagerly await the revelation of the truth. “
Ellefson left the band in 2002 due to a disagreement with Mustaine when the singer released a solo album under the name Megadeth. The bassist sued the band unsuccessfully over the rights to the band name and back catalog. He returned to Megadeth in 2010.