Megadeth have officially parted ways with David Ellefson. This news comes after the bassist was accused of underage grooming and sexual misconduct after footage of him masturbating during a video chat with a young woman surfaced online. However, Ellefson and the woman in question have both issued statements denying the allegations saying that she was never underage and that the interactions were between consenting adults.
Frontman Dave Mustaine issued the following statement:
“We are informing our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth and that we are officially parting ways with him. We do not take this decision lightly.
While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to making working together impossible moving forward.
We look forward to seeing our fans on the road this summer, and we cannot wait to share our brand new music with the world. It is almost complete.
May 24th, 2021″
This news comes after Megadeth previously commented on the scandal, saying that “it is important that all voices be heard clearly and respectfully.”