Megadeth officially parted ways with founding bassist David Ellefson following allegations that he was grooming an underaged girl online. "We do not take this decision lightly," Dave Mustaine wrote in a statement. "While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed is now enough to make working together impossible moving forward."
Ellefson has now released a new statement of his own to Rolling Stone. In it, he says he will be pressing charges against the person who posted video of him with the person he is accused of grooming, suing them for defamation, and that "the actions in the video were between two consenting adults and were recorded without my knowledge." Here is the statement in full: