STRYPER frontman Michael Sweet has apparently weighed in on the controversy surrounding MEGADETH 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.
Sweet posted the following statement on social media: “As a Christian it’s important to remember that we’re ALL sinners. Often we grab the first stone (and the biggest) to throw at anyone who has failed, who has publicly ‘sinned’. The only difference between us and them is we’ve perfected the art of hiding our sins.
“We all sin,” he continued. “No one, and I mean no one is blameless. We all sin on a daily basis. Instead of tearing each other down we should be lifting each other up. Praying for one another and praying even more, even harder when a brother or a sister stumbles and falls. What a world this would be if we all magically were able to do this.
“When you see someone who has fallen, help them up. I’m not saying to support the sin but I am saying we should support the sinner.
“And there’s my 2 cents for the day;-)”.
Ellefson denied all accusations in his own statement, writing: “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.