New details emerge from the “vindictive pornography” complaint that David Ellefson recently filed with the Scottsdale Police Department in Arizona.
Among them is a timeline of the former Megadeth bassist stating that the Dave Mustaine-led band fired him 10 days before they announced it.
The firing of David Ellefson
Last month, Ellefson, 56, was fired from the group following his involvement in a sex scandal that saw images of the bassist leaked; taken from a two-way video call, masturbating alone in a hotel room. Additionally, leaked screenshots of text communications between Ellefson and the invisible woman at the other end of the exchange led some people to suggest that she was a minor when the two met. However, both she and Ellefson claim that she was 19 at the time of their first virtual sexual encounter.
Despite this, as reported by The Arizona Republic, Megadeth notified the musician on May 14 that he would be fired. They did it three days later, on May 17; but they didn’t announce it until May 24 in a credited message to Mustaine and the band.
“We are informing our fans that David Ellefson will no longer be playing with Megadeth; and that we are officially parting ways with him,” the statement read. “We do not make this decision lightly.” He added: “While we do not know all the details of what happened, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible to move forward.”
Details about the leaked video
Ellefson told police who serve his suburban Phoenix base of operations that he first learned of the situation surrounding the leaked video on May 9; when you received a text message from someone alerting you to an “Internet matter” email. The musician later discovered that someone on Instagram had posted “Megadeth’s David Ellefson is a pedophile” on the social network for sharing photos and videos.
He quickly contacted Megadeth management; who told him that they had had problems with the same Instagram user who harassed other Megadeth members online in the past. The bass player said he was told to “do nothing and stay put” in hopes that he would “go overboard.” However, that night, the “pedophile” post had gained traction on social media. Two hours later, the Instagram user shared the video.
The person who leaked the clip is not the same person who was video chatting with Ellefson. Still, the woman on the other end of the call, a Dutch woman whom the bassist first met in the Netherlands, “admitted to making two or three videos. [del encuentro] on FB Messenger and share with some friends, but [ella] I wasn’t sure how they leaked out to others. “
The bass player’s statement
“Recently, a very private video was illegally posted on the Internet and false accusations were made against me,” Ellefson said in a statement on May 26. “The actions in the video were between two consenting adults and were recorded without my knowledge. I am working with the Scottsdale Police Department in their investigation of the charges related to revenge pornography that will be brought against the person who posted. this video. Also, my attorneys are preparing a defamation lawsuit to be filed against this person. This person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the Law. “
Megadeth, without Ellefson and with a new bass player yet to be announced, will be touring this summer.