Original Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is denying grooming accusations after graphic exchanges with 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.”
The statement, which appears in a screenshot below, was paired with a post that appeared to be an Instagram post from the woman. She denied being underage when the video calls took place, describing any suggestion that she had been groomed by Ellefson as “misinformation.”
Megadeth have issued a statement as well:
“We are aware of the recent statements regarding David Ellefson, and are watching developments closely,” the metal giants said in a post to social media. “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.”