A statement has come from MEGADETH camp regarding bassist David Ellefson who has been accused through different social networks for pedophilia, grooming and having sexual and romantic interaction with minors.
Over the weekend, sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the 56-year-old musician were leaked on Twitter. Earlier today, Ellefson released a statement on Instagram denying all social media chatter that he “groomed” an underage fan.
Several hours ago, MEGADETH posted on their social media channels: “We are aware of the recent statements regarding David Ellefson, and are watching developments closely.
“As it relates to creativity and business, we are all familiar with one another. However, there are clearly aspects of David‘s private life that he has kept to himself.
“As this situation unfolds, it is important that all voices be heard clearly and respectfully. We look forward to the truth coming to light.”
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.