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David Ellefson talks about his scandal: “When you bare it all, you can be yourself”

It's been almost three years since David Ellefson was fired from Megadeth after a sex scandal involving him and a 19-year-old Dutch woman with whom he had an online relationship. . In a recent interview with Metal Hammer , the bassist spoke about the topic and gave his point of view.

“There’s two sides to it. One: when you bare it all, you’ve got nothing to hide. Fuck it, now you can truly be yourself! We all come into the world with our birthday suit on, so what are we ashamed of? What I feel the worst about is the embarrassment that it caused some people, like my family, who didn’t deserve it. Out of respect for them, I’m going to keep the family dynamic off the table [during interviews]. That’s at their request", he said.

He also spoke about Dave Mustaine's reaction, which resulted in his departure from the band. “Dave, his manager and his lawyer called me after the scandal. There was a sentiment from one of them that said: 'Let's take a step back, let Ellefson take care of it. This leaves the door open for him to return.' Dave didn't want that. “He made the decision for him and it is what it is.”