It's the crisis in the world of trash metal.
The cult group Megadeth announced on Monday the (forced) departure of one of its founding members.
Bassist David Ellefson has been fired after being accused of having inappropriate discussions with a minor fan.
“We are not taking this decision lightly.
Although we don't know all the details of the story, as our relationship is already strained, what has already been revealed is enough to make it impossible to continue working together, ”posted band frontman Dave Mustaine, in a message posted on the group's official Instagram account.
In recent weeks, several photos and videos of explicit exchanges between the 56-year-old musician and this young woman had leaked on social networks.
The formation had affirmed to follow attentively "the last developments".
According to the
, David Ellefson has always categorically denied the accusations, claiming for his part that the messages were private exchanges "between adults, which were taken out of context and manipulated to inflict maximum damage on my reputation, my career and my family ".
The bassist had added that, according to him, the woman was of age at the time of their exchanges, which the latter confirmed, according to a statement shared by the artist.
Megadeth was co-founded in 1983 by David Ellefson and Dave Mustaine in Los Angeles.
In 2002, when the singer and guitarist had health problems, the band was forced to go their separate ways.
Already at the time, the tensions between the two leaders of the group were evident.
David Ellefson had even sued his sidekick, who had reformed the group without warning him.
The trial abandoned after years of proceedings, he had finally found Megadeth in 2010, but despite appearances and promises of solid friendship, this latest controversy blew up one of the last great metal groups of the 1980s.
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