ControversyDavid Ellefson: "There Was Nothing Illegal" in The Most Recent Sex Scandal

David Ellefson: “There Was Nothing Illegal” in The Most Recent Sex Scandal

David Ellefson has spoken about the effects of the sex scandal that resulted in his termination from Megadeth.

Following charges of sexual misconduct involving a Dutch teen, the Grammy-winning thrash band’s original bassist, David Ellefson, was fired.

Singer-guitarist Dave Mustaine issued a statement on the band’s Twitter account at the time, saying, “We are telling our fans that David Ellefson is no longer performing with Megadeth and that we are officially parting ways with him.”

“We don’t make decisions like these carelessly. Even if we do not yet know all the specifics of what happened, the relationship is already tense, so what has been revealed so far makes future cooperation hard.

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Two explicit recordings of Ellefson, 56, were published on Twitter on May 10 by an unidentified third party. One of the videos showed him masturbating.

Intimate messages between Ellefson and a fan, who has subsequently been identified as a 19-year-old lady, were also published in screenshot form. Ellefson was charged with “grooming” the other party, which he passionately refutes.

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Ellefson responded to the leaks on Instagram in the aftermath. As much as I’m not proud of it, he wrote, “these were private, adult exchanges that were taken out of context and distorted to cause the most harm to my reputation, my profession, and my family.”

“You may see the statement that the other party involved made… I appreciate her doing this and hope that it makes it clear that the scenario was not at all what was implied.

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In response to the leaks, the 19-year-old lady acknowledged that the tapes had been recorded. She insisted that all of her interactions with Ellefson were mutually agreed upon.

Yes, those video calls did take place, she admitted, but she started them and was never underage. I’ve always given my consent as an adult. There had never been anything improper before that.

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Ellefson recently spoke with Trunk Nation about the issue that resulted in his firing. Rock star: “I didn’t do anything wrong,” he insisted. Additionally, he confessed that he “didn’t even know” what the term “grooming” meant.

And any claims that something is prohibited are untrue, he added. Nothing was present. And for that reason, I promptly got a criminal attorney. I immediately went to the police station. For the record, the villain doesn’t visit the police station.

Ellefson acknowledges that his family was “supportive” and “understanding” after the controversy came to light. Not as encouraging or sympathetic.

I mean, dad plays in a rock band, and not just any band—Megadeth, he said. We have a history as a band, let’s face it. And, of course, 2021 is not 1986, so this is not meant to cast the present Megadeth in a negative light at all.

Ellefson continued by saying that he has made an effort to remain open about his lifestyle throughout his career. We were always fairly upfront about things that transpired in both our personal life and the group. We were really transparent in everything.

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And I’ve been honest about quitting drinking and using drugs years ago, among other things,” he says. “On the subject of family life, once more, look, I started off with Megadeth, and then the families came after.”

I think there is a balancing of the lifestyles, that it’s like, ‘OK, dad’s off at the circus being the rock ‘n’ roll guy and all that comes with that,’ including a very comfortable life that gives you opportunities you wouldn’t get in any other life, the speaker added.

Nevertheless, it “definitely does not grant permission to go out and conduct badly.”

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