Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa is being accused of child molestation by a New York politician. Ronald Savage, a former member of the New York State Democratic Committee, claims Bambaataa began sexually abusing him as a young teen during the 1970’s.
In an interview with Star on Shot97, Savage recalls how the Universal Zulu Nation founder allegedly molested him. Much of the details also appeare in his 2014 novel, Impulse, Urges and Fantasies, though he used different names in the book.
Savage, who is a single father of three children, claimed that he met Bambaataa after he joined the Zulu Nation when he was 12 or 13 years old. The 50-year-old author recalled that his first alleged sexual molestation occurred at Bambaataa’s house.
“The very first time this happened to me, I was in school and I was cutting, and I needed a place to go so I called Bambaataa to see if I could go hang out at his house,” he explained.
According to Savage, Bambaataa exposed himself and began masturbating in front of him and told him to do the same. Savage alleges that he and Bambaataa engaged in several inappropriate sexual encounters including inside Bam’s car and at Savage’s own house when his parents were not at home.
Savage said he’s looking into how he could file criminal charges against Bambaataa but since the statute of limitations are up, there’s a possibly that nothing can be done legally at this point.
Either way, these are some serious allegations.
Representatives for Africa Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation have no comment on the matter.
Watch Star’s interview with Ronald Savage above and below.