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Megadeth issue statement in response to David Ellefson grooming allegations

In recent days, the Megadeth bassist David Ellefson took to Instagram to vehemently deny allegations of online grooming that had begun to surface.

After screenshots of conversations were posted online, Ellefson declared that they had been “taken out of context and manipulated to inflict maximum damage to my reputation, my career and family.”

Now, the band have backed him in his defence. “We are aware of the recent statements regarding David Ellefson, and are watching developments closely,” the band wrote in a statement shared on their social media accounts on May the 11th.

“As it relates to creativity and business, we are all familiar with one another,” the statement continues. “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,” it concludes.

Ellefson’s now private Instagram page also shared a screenshot apparently from the woman he had been messaged which said that she was not underage and declared that the story had been taken out of context. 

The woman in question stated that she “was always a consenting adult […] In the end, it was all consensual and all online.” Before requesting that people stop circulating “these personal private videos or any misinformation about them.”

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