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Megadeth Issue Statement On David Ellefson: “It Is Important That All Voices Be Heard Clearly And Respectfully”


Megadeth have issued an official statement in regards to the sexually explicit footage which emerged online this past weekend of their bassist David Ellefson. While the footage, which related to him pleasuring himself in video chats online, was released alongside allegations that he had been participating with an underage individual, Ellefson has since denied those allegations.

In a statement he released earlier today, May 10th, Ellefson stated:

“Dear Fans & Friends,

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.

The other party involved has made a statement which you can see below. I thank her for doing so and hope that this clarifies that the situation was not at all as presented.

Humbly Yours,

David Ellefson

Ellefson also provided the below statement from the woman he says was the other individual involved in those video chats:

“I’m the girl people are talking about in the posts about David Ellefson right now and I just want to tell my side of the story because people are sharing misinformation and the situation is getting out of hand without the truth being out there.

Yes, those video calls did happen, but I was the one to initiate them and never was I underage, I was always a consenting adult. Nothing inappropriate ever happened before that. It was all consensual, I’m not a victim and I have not been groomed in the slightest as I was the one to initiate it. I was just naïve enough to record him and share it with a friend without his permission. In the end, it was all consensual and all online.

I don’t know how it got to this point, but a lot of information is being left out by the people purposely trying to harm him. I would ask that anyone sharing these personal private videos or any misinformation about them to please stop.”

Now Megadeth have issued an official statement of their own on the matter:

“We are aware of the recent statements regarding David Ellefson, and are watching developments closely.

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.”

Given Ellefson‘s standing as a Lutheran pastor and his marriage of some 27 years, Ellefson‘s actions have proven to be controversial even outside of the allegations leveled against him.

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