Earlier this month Bronx resident Ronald Savage came forward with shocking claims he had been sexually abused as a teen by Afrika Bambaataa of the pioneering Hip Hop collective Universal Zulu Nation [click here if you missed that].
The Zulu Nation denounces Ronald and his claims...
A statement on Universal Zulu Nation .com reads in part
Once again rumors, lies and outright slander have been aimed at Afrika Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation. First of all this attack not only is defamation and assassination of character it is a diversion and attention shift tactic designed to counter all the positive works of the Universal Zulu Nation.
[Mr. Savage] has tried to place himself in history by associating himself with Afrika Bambaataa (Amen Ra of Hip Hop Culture) founder of the Zulu Nation. The problem is that he has chose to pursue the lower path of rumors and character assassination. He has recently written a book which details fictitious accounts which don’t add up chronologically and which place him as a victim.
By all accounts, Mr. Savage, please stop lying to the public and openly apologize to Africa Bambaataa/Universal Zulu Nation and all children world wide. Not only have you disrespected morally, spiritually and emotionally, but now there are serious legal issues that come into play as well. The Universal Zulu Nation works with victims of child and sexual abuse and takes these allegations extremely serious.”Read the full statement here.