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Ex-Megadeth member David Ellefson admits to online “masturbating encounters”

David Ellefson, the former bass player of Megadeth, has admitted to online “masturbating encounters” with a young woman as a complex investigation continues.

In the last few weeks, the story of David Ellefson has unfurled in twists and turns. Damning screenshots were revealed that appeared to show that the musician had been sending inappropriate messages and explicit material, which were later countered by the band in an official statement saying that they had been manipulated.

Shortly after a denial, however, Megadeth decided to part company with David Ellefson as the police began a detailed investigation following allegations of paedophilia. “We are informing our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth and that we are officially parting ways with him,” a statement from bandleader Dave Mustaine read. ​“We do not take this decision lightly.”

It then continues to say: ​“While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make 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.”

Now, Ellefson, 56, who co-founded the band in 1983 with guitarist Mustaine, has admitted to exchanging text messages of a sexual nature, according to a police report obtained by Rolling Stone. The investigation is ongoing after Ellefson opened a legal case alleging revenge porn after the Dutch teenager, who is now aged 19, recorded the conversations and shared footage of Ellefson masturbating to her friends. The musician, who has been married 27 years, insists he did not give consent for this content to be shared.

With allegations that the girl was underage at the time of the messages, the case will almost certainly become extremely complex. Ellefson has admitted to meeting the girl in person twice; once will signing autographs, and once in a hotel lobby. However, the musician has insisted that no physical contact occurred.

“The second time they met in person was in the Netherlands at a hotel lobby to have coffee and a soda,” the report continued. “He believes this was February 2020. He stated there was no physical contact and they just had a conversation. He stated there has never been any sexual physical contact between the two.”

The police report states that the woman shared the content online “but wasn’t sure how it got leaked out to others”.

Adding: “She was remorseful and agreed to send out a social media statement on her Instagram account that she had been a willing consenting adult during their mutual virtual sexual encounter.”

The investigation is continuing.

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