Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa has been accused of molestation by a man who assisted the artist when he was just a teenager. Ronald Savage has detailed the abuse in his new memoir, and the accusations are truly shocking.
Ronald Savage, 50, accused the DJ and founder of Zulu Nation, Afrika Bambaataa, 58, of sexually abusing him multiple times, starting when he was was in ninth grade, a 15-year-old. Ronald, now a Bronx Democratic Party activist, listed the crimes in his new memoir, “Impulse Urges and Fantasies”, and discussed the significant damage the molestation had on his life. Click through for the details.
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Ronald met Afrika in 1980, right after the iconic hip-hop collective Zulu Nation began, and he was thrilled to be included in the scene. He became a “crate boy,” one of the teens who helped the group by carrying crates of records, and went by the name “Bee Stinger.” But the fun gig quickly turned sinister. Ronald wrote in his memoir that Afrika, then 23, started sexually abusing him, molesting him at least five times!
The first instance of sexual abuse took place at Afrika’s apartment, Ronald told the Daily News. Afrika allegedly fondled himself, then did the same to poor Ronald; another man touched Ronald as well. In another incident, Afrika then allegedly forced Ronald to give a member of Zulu Nation oral sex. Disgusting. And teenage Ronald sadly believed the rape and molestation was all his fault.
“I hated myself,” Afrika told the Daily News. “I don’t even know why I did that. I don’t even know how he got me to do that. It was like I was hypnotized.” But after months of abuse, he managed to escape from Afrika’s grasp by avoiding him altogether. “He came to my house. I pretended I wasn’t there and that’s how it began to stop. But by that time I was already messed up.”
Ronald is speaking out because he said he was failed by New York’s statute of limitations, which bars victims of child sex abuse from pursuing charges against their attackers after their 23rd birthdays. He’s not trying to lift the statute so he can get a paycheck; he’s just trying to get peace of mind after a lifetime of emotional and psychological problems due to the abuse. He doesn’t want any other children to suffer like he did!
Afrika’s lawyer, Vivian Kimi, has vehemently denied the allegations: “Defamatory statements were published seeking to harm my client’s reputation so as to lower him in the estimation of the community while deterring others from associating or dealing with him. The 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.”
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