David Ellefson, the bassist of Megadeth, has taken to social media to vehemently deny accusations of online grooming.
The musician has come forward to address the situation after conversations with a fan of the band, of which he has said that “personal conversations and interactions”, were leaked online.
Taking to Instagram, Ellefson has confessed that the conversations did take place but, according to him, have been “taken out of context and manipulated to inflict maximum damage to my reputation, my career and family.”
“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 authorised to have them or share them. While certainly embarrassing, I want to address it as openly and honestly as possible,” Ellefson said.
“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 other party involved has made a statement which you can see below. I thank her for doing so and hope that this clarifies that the situation was not at all as presented,” he concluded.
The woman involved in the situation has also come forward to deny that she was underage at the time of the communication with Ellefson, further refuting claims that she was groomed online. “I’m the girl people are talking about in the posts right now and I just want to tell my side of the story because people are sharing misinformation and the situation is getting out of hand without the truth being out there,” she said in a statement.
Adding: “Yes, those video calls did happen, but I was the one to initiate it and never was I underage, I was always a consenting adult. Nothing inappropriate ever happened before that. It was all consensual, I’m not a victim and I have not been groomed in the slightest as I was the one to initiate it.”
See the statement, below.