Afrika Bambaataa Accused of Molestation
Major allegations have been made against hip-hop pioneer and Zulu Nation founder, Afrika Bambaataa.
In an interview with the New York Daily News, Ronald Savage accuses Bambaataa of sexually molesting him when he was 15 years old.
Savage, now 50, details the alleged abuse in his self-published memoir, Impulse Urges and Fantasies. He claims that it began in 1980 when he was just a kid happy to be around hip-hop’s most influential personalities and to roll with the Zulu Nation. The former music industry executive expressed that he’s struggled with the reality of his alleged abuse for decades and it has caused issues with intimacy.
“I think the statute of limitations is unfair for victims,” he says in the interview.”It took me all of these years to speak out about this. I was embarrassed. I was ashamed.”
Bambaataa’s attorney responded to the allegations claiming that Savage’s “statements show a reckless disregard for the truth, were published with knowledge of their falsity, and are being made by a lesser-known person seeking publicity.”
Other members of the nation, which promotes unity in hip-hop, threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against Savage in March, stating that the his claims are in pursuit of generating profit for his book.
While there are plenty who don’t believe Savage’s story, Chuck Freezy, who often performed with Bambaataa, is saying that Savage is trustworthy and truthful.
“You could leave money on the table and know it would be there when you got back,” Freeze stated. “We had no idea about this—and we would not have tolerated it if we did. Do I believe it? Yes I do.”