David Ellefson Responds to Megadeth Firing
Days after being ousted from Megadeth, David Ellefson has made a statement about his firing. The bassist, who co-founded the band in 1983, was removed from the band after sexually explicit photos and videos were leaked earlier this month. Ellefson sent his response to Rolling Stone.
“Recently, a very private video was illegally posted on the internet and false allegations were made against me,” he said. “The actions in the video were between two consenting adults and were recorded without my knowledge. I am working with Scottsdale Police Department in their investigation into charges regarding revenge pornography to be filed against the person who posted this video. Also, my lawyers are preparing a defamation lawsuit to be filed against this person. This person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I am taking this time to be with my family. I wish my bandmates the best with their upcoming tour.”
The controversy came about at the same time that Megadeth announced a three-month co-headlining tour with Lamb of God. They have yet to announce who will be filling Ellefson’s role. We’ll keep you updated as that information becomes available.