Effective immediately, David Ellefson is no longer the bass player for MEGADETH. Earlier today, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine posted the following message to the band’s social media pages…
“We are informing our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with MEGADETH and that we are officially parting ways with him. We do not take this decision lightly.
“While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now has been enough to make working together impossible moving forward.
“We look forward to seeing our fans on the road this summer and we cannot wait to share our brand new music with the world. It’s almost complete.”
– Dave Mustaine, Megadeth, May 24, 2021″
The news comes just days after Ellefson had apparently deactivated his Twitter account after the recent leak of messages and videos that feature him talking dirty and intimately with a woman other than his wife.
Earlier in the month, messages and explicit video footage involving Ellefson were posted on Twitter. The longtime MEGADETH member later released a statement on Instagram denying all social media chatter that he “groomed” an underage fan.
In his statement on May 10, the MEGADETH bassist wrote: “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,” he continued. “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.”
Ellefson’s statement was accompanied by a screenshot of a social media post from the woman involved, who also denied that she was underage at the time of the recordings. She wopuld also reveal that she recorded the conversations and shared them with a friend without Ellefson’s permission, calling herself “naïve” for doing so and claiming that the contact between her and the musician was “all consensual and all online.” She also called assumptions that she was “groomed” by Ellefson “misinformation”.
“Yes, those video calls did happen, but I was the one to initiate it 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,” the woman stated.
— Megadeth (@Megadeth) May 24, 2021