Megadeth fires David Ellefson for alleged sexual misconduct

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David Ellefson, founding bassist of Grammy-winning thrash band Megadeth, has been dismissed from the band following allegations of sexual misconduct with a youngster. Singer-guitarist Dave Mustaine issued a statement through the band’s Twitter on Monday morning.

“We’re informing our followers that David Ellefson is now not enjoying with Megadeth and that we’re formally parting methods with him,” wrote Mustaine. “We don’t take this resolution frivolously. Whereas we have no idea each element of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is sufficient to make working collectively unimaginable transferring ahead. 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 nearly full.”

On Could tenth, two sexually specific movies of Ellefson, 56, have been leaked by an nameless third get together on the web and shared to Twitter; a minimum of one of many movies revealed him masturbating. Additionally leaked have been screenshots of intimate messages exchanged between Ellefson and a fan, whom others have recognized as a 19-year-old girl. On social media, customers alleged that Ellefson groomed stated fan, who was considered underage, right into a sexual relationship.

Ellefson addressed the leaks on his Instagram web page, which is now non-public. “As a lot because it’s not one thing I’m pleased with, these have been non-public, grownup interactions that have been taken out of context and manipulated to inflict most injury to my popularity, my profession and household,” he wrote, referring to his spouse of 27 years, Julie Ellefson, and their two grownup kids. “The opposite get together concerned has made a press release which you’ll see… I thank her for doing so and hope that this clarifies that the state of affairs was under no circumstances as introduced.”

Ellefson shared a screenshot of a put up written by the fan alleged to be underage. Below the now-defunct Instagram alias “edophosauruses,” she addressed the leaks and attested to recording the movies. “Sure, these video calls did occur, however I used to be the one who initiated them, and by no means was I underage,” she acknowledged. “I used to be at all times a consenting grownup. Nothing inappropriate ever occurred earlier than that.”

Representatives for the band couldn’t be reached for remark.

Mustaine and Ellefson co-founded Megadeth in 1983 after Mustaine was fired from Metallica. Megadeth launched its debut album “Killing Is My Enterprise… and Enterprise Is Good!” in 1985. The group went on to file a number of platinum albums, together with 1992’s “Countdown to Extinction,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Two years after the band’s dissolution in 2002, Mustaine launched “The System Has Failed,” a solo album underneath the banner of Megadeth. This sparked a years-long feud with Ellefson, who claimed authorized possession of Megadeth’s title. In 2010, Ellefson known as a truce and rejoined the band; in 2017, they gained their first-ever Grammy for finest steel efficiency, for his or her tune “Dystopia.”

Megadeth had plans to launch a brand new album in 2021, tentatively titled “The Sick, The Dying… and The Lifeless!” Megadeth will nonetheless embark on their North American tour, co-headlining with Lamb of God. The tour kicks off Aug. twentieth in Austin, Texas.

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