Megadeth’s David Ellefson Explains Leaked Graphic Exchanges

Written by on May 10, 2021

Original Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is denying grooming accusations after graphic exchanges with an apparently underage girl leaked.

“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,” Ellefson said in an earlier Instagram post before switching his account to private mode. “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.”

Ellefson is the second-longest serving member of Megadeth, after fellow cofounder Dave Mustaine. His first stint with the group lasted from 1983 until 2002, when Ellefson had a falling out with Mustaine over royalties and control of the band name after a Mustaine solo album called The System Has Failed was released under the Megadeth banner. Ellefson was then absent for two consecutive Megadeth albums – 2007’s United Abominations and 2009’s Endgame – before returning for an ongoing second tenure in 2010.

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