Afrika Bambaataa has released a statement defending himself against allegations of sexual abuse.
“I, Afrika Bambaataa, want to take this opportunity at the advice of my legal counsel to personally deny any and all allegations of any type of sexual molestation of anyone. These allegations are baseless and are a cowardly attempt to tarnish my reputation and legacy in hip-hop at this time. This negligent attack on my character will not stop me from continuing my battle and standing up against the violence in our communities, the violence in the nation and the violence worldwide.”
Bambaataa was recently accused of abusing fellow Zulu Nation member Ronald “Bee Stinger” Savage. Ronald wrote about the abuse in his memoir Impulse, Urges and Fantasies (Life Is a Bag of Mixed Emotions): The True Untold Story of Pioneer Hip Hop Artist Liaison Bee-Stinger.
“He elaborated on them in an interview with The New York Daily News, saying Bambaataa had abused him at least five times. In one such incident, he claims Bambaataa fondled himself and Savage, and in another, he claims he was forced to perform oral sex on another member of the Zulu Nation. These alleged incidents occurred when he was 15 years old, and have caused him to have problems with intimacy and suicidal thoughts.”
Though there is no possible recourse for Ronald since the statute of limitations to bring a claim has passed, he made the abuse public in hopes of changing the rule. Currently, the state of limitations for sexual abuse of a minor must be brought within five years of the abuse.
SOURCE: Complex | PHOTO: Getty