It appears that Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has deleted his personal Twitter account after last week issuing a statement denying allegations of grooming an underage girl online.

Earlier this month, several interactions seemingly made between the musician and a woman via text and video call, including compromising images of Ellefson, leaked on social media. A person came forward with two Instagram posts detailing those exchanges, but the original messages have since been removed. In his May 10 statement, Ellefson admitted that "private and personal conversations" involving him had been made public but maintained that they were "adult interactions that were taken out of context."

Regardless, as of Thursday (May 20), those attempting to visit the Megadeth member's Twitter outpost, @ellefsondavid, are met with a message that the account does not exist. Ellefson has also set his Instagram to private. His Facebook page is still publicly available, as is his website, davidellefson.com.

On May 11, Megadeth said they were aware of the situation involving Ellefson and "watching developments closely. As it relates to creativity and business, we are all familiar with one another. However, there are clearly aspects of David's private life that he has kept to himself. As this situation unfolds, it is important that all voices be heard clearly and respectfully. We look forward to the truth coming to light."

Megadeth will hit the road for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic’s full stop on touring with rescheduled Metal Tour of the Year dates this summer alongside Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames. Get tickets at metaltouroftheyear.com.

Screenshot of David Ellefson's Twitter Page on May 20, 2021:

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