David Ellefson Speaks Out Following His Split with Megadeth

2021-05-26

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Story by Audio Ink Radio Staff, promo photo by Jeremy Saffer

David Ellefson is breaking his silence following recently parting ways with Megadeth

David Ellefson of Megadeth has released his first statement since splitting with the metal band earlier this week. In it, he lays out his plan of action regarding a recently leaked video.

Last month, a video was leaded that alleged to show sexually explicit contact between Ellefson and a woman, which resulted in allegations that he was “grooming” an underage girl. Ellefson took to Instagram to clear his name, and he confirmed the video but denied that the woman involved was underage.

“These were private, adult interactions that were taken out of context and manipulated to inflict maximum damage to my reputation, my career and family,” he stated on Instagram.

Now, Ellefson has released a statement via Rolling Stone stating that he’s looking into legal action regarding the leaked video.

“Recently, a very private video was illegally posted on the internet and false allegations were made against me,” Ellefson says in the statement. “The actions in the video were between two consenting adults and were recorded without my knowledge.”

He adds, “I am working with Scottsdale Police Department in their investigation into charges regarding revenge pornography to be filed against the person who posted this video. Also, my lawyers are preparing a defamation lawsuit to be filed against this person. This person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Ellefson also adds that he’s spending time with his family right and and wishes the guys of Megadeth “the best with their upcoming tour.”

Megadeth issued a statement earlier this week announcing that Ellefson would be leaving the band, noting a “strained relationship” between him and frontman Dave Mustaine.

“While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible moving forward,” the statement explained.

For more information and Ellefson’s statement and the situation, head to Rolling Stone’s website.

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