Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has opened up about his dismissal from the band in a new interview with the Jeremy White Show podcast (as heard below). Ellefson believes he was abandoned by Megadeth when he needed it, likening his dismissal to a ‘roadside kick’ after his house burned down.
Explicit videos between Ellefson and a teenage girl were posted on social media earlier this year. The videos were apparently recorded without the consent of the musician. The bassist faced grooming allegations when it was revealed he first met the 19-year-old while signing autographs two years earlier in Amsterdam, meaning she was 16 or 17 at the time.
Ellefson has denied all of the grooming allegations. The woman in question claims that explicit communications between the two were initiated by her and never took place while she was a minor. Megadeth separated from Ellefson shortly after the scandal was made public and later revealed he was working with Scottsdale Police on an investigation into pornographic revenge charges against the person who leaked the video .
âIt was all based on fear. It was not based on reality, âEllefson said of his dismissal at Jeremy White Show. âThey said all parties would be heard and quite frankly none were heard. Because within two weeks I went through the process that I told them I was going to go through, just go through it and say, “Hey, that’s a bunch of bullshit”, and I did it – I did my part. And I confessed my … [Laughs] Look, I got caught by Candid Camera; there was nothing to hide from it. So you just approach it. You take the sword. You take care of it. It was embarrassing. Sorry about that. Pass. And that’s all.”
“I pushed back [the accusations]. [I said] âThis is bullshit. And that’s when I said [to theÂ MegadethÂ camp], âLook, they threw a proverbial Molotov cocktail at my house and burned my house down. Could you please help me? Would you please support me? I would need help now. And quite honestly, I was just put to the side of the road to deal with it on my own. So it’s, like, okay. Well, now we know where the loyalties are. And now we move on. “
Ellefson continued: “I haven’t had any further conversations with anyone since then. But I can only go back to maybe the lawsuit I filed. [against Mustaine] 20 years ago, I didn’t agree to just remix the catalog – those things, of course. I’m sure it was a long-standing resentment towards me, and it was an opportunity to settle the score. And that’s what it is. “
“The truth is, when you’re in a group, when you’re in a relationship – fellowship, marriage, whatever – you have to agree to disagree, because you don’t always agree on what. whatever. And I think when things were reset 20 years ago – it wasn’t going to be a band anymore; it wasn’t a partnership anymore; it was his. [Mustaine’s] way or no way. It was very clear. That’s why I wasn’t in the band 20 years ago when it happened. [MustaineÂ basically said] âThis is how we do it. There is no negotiation. It’s my way or the highway. ‘” [transcriptionÂ via Blabbermouth]
David Ellefson speaks with Jeremy White Show podcast
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