DAVID ELLEFSON’s Longtime Business Partner Dismissed Claims That He Had Something To Do With Sex Video Scandal

David Ellefson Thom Hazaert

David Ellefson‘s longtime business partner Thom Hazaert has said that he had nothing to do with the leak of the MEGADETH bassist’s messages and videos featuring a young woman.

Over the weekend, sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the 56-year-old musician were leaked on Twitter. Ellefson quickly released a statement on Instagram denying all social media chatter that he “groomed” an underage fan.

Yesterday, Hazaert wrote on his Instagram (which is now set to private): “This one goes out to the chatty f*ckers trying to whisper that I had something to do with what happened to DavidDavid Ellefson is a grown f*cking man and fully and solely responsible for his own decisions and judgment. But know… #ISeeYouMotherf*cker.”

Ellefson said in his own statement: “Dear fans and friends,

“As you may or may not know, some private and personal conversations and interactions have emerged online, disseminated with bad intentions by a third party who was not authorized to have or share them. While it is certainly embarrassing, I want to approach it as openly and honestly as possible.

“As much as it is not something I am proud of, these private and adult interactions were taken out of context and manipulated to inflict the maximum damage to my reputation, my career and my family ”.

“The other party involved made a statement that you can see below. I thank you for doing this and I hope this clarifies that the situation was not as presented.

“Humbly yours,

David Ellefson.”