The Universal Zulu Nation has issued an apology to the victims who were allegedly sexually molested by their pioneering member Afrika Bambaataa.
“We extend our deepest and most sincere apologies to the many people who have been hurt by the actions of Afrika Bambaataa and the subsequent poor response of our organization to allegations leveled against him,” read a statement signed by nearly three dozen Zulu Nation leaders representing international chapters according to the New York Daily News.
However the letter may have come too late — especially since the Zulu Nation initially backed Bambaataa.
“I think the letter is sincere but it’s too little too late,” said Ronald Savage, one of the four men to come forward and say that they were sexually assaulted by Bambaataa in the 1970s and 80s. “They should have done this in the beginning instead of disrespecting me and the Daily News.”
Bambaataa’s lawyer, Charles Tucker Jr., was also caught off guard by the news. “I don’t know enough about the motivation behind this letter to make a statement,” he said. Bambaataa has also maintained his innocence by denying the allegations.
In one of his latest interviews with Lisa Evers of FOX 5, Bambaataa said that he “never abused anybody” and claimed that it’s part of an “agenda.”
“What is the motivation, what is the agenda?” he said. “It’s hard to say. You don’t know what many of these people are thinking. What is behind it. Some parts are saying it could be shakeups. Certain things people might have wanted.”
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