Megadeth Dumps Bassist David Ellefson After Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Megadeth has kicked out longtime bassist David Ellefson after allegations of sexual misconduct and pursuing minors.

The heavy steel band introduced Ellefson’s dismissal on Monday through social media, talking of “an already strained relationship” and saying it didn’t “take this choice flippantly.”

“What has already been revealed now is sufficient to make working collectively not possible shifting ahead,” the assertion learn.

The band added: “We sit up for seeing our followers on the highway this summer time, and we can not wait to share our model new music with the world. It’s virtually full.”

Earlier this month, Ellefson got here beneath fireplace after sexually express video footage he allegedly despatched to a younger girl leaked on-line.

The video prompted allegations that the bassist had “groomed” the girl and pursued underage followers by sending them inappropriate messages.

Ellefson denied that the recipient of the video was underage in a now-deleted Instagram submit, calling the clips “non-public, grownup interactions that have been taken out of context and manipulated to inflict most injury to my fame, my profession and household.”

Ellefson, who’s married, claimed the movies have been “launched with ailing intention by a 3rd occasion who was not licensed to have them or share them.”

He additionally shared a screenshot of an announcement that was supposedly from the girl he despatched the video to. She stated she was not underage on the time the video was filmed and that she “was all the time a consenting grownup.”

Megadeth responded to the preliminary allegations with an announcement saying the band is “watching developments carefully,” whereas including there was a lot about Ellefson they didn’t know, Billboard reported.

“Because it pertains to creativity and enterprise, we’re all acquainted with each other,” the assertion learn. “Nevertheless, there are clearly features of David’s non-public life that he has stored to himself. As this case unfolds, it will be important that every one voices be heard clearly and respectfully. We sit up for the reality coming to gentle.”

Ellefson has since deactivated his Twitter account and made his Instagram and private Fb web page non-public.

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