Rap pioneer Afrika Bambaataa gave his first interview Wednesday after being accused of sexually abusing under-aged boys in the 1980s.
Atlanta Black Star reported that Bambaataa and the Universal Zulu Nation parted ways because of these piling allegations. The rap pioneer was in a leadership role with the organization.
In the interview with Fox 5 New York, Bambaataa defends himself from allegations posed by 51-year-old Ronald Savage, who claimed he was touched inappropriately at 15.
“I never abused nobody. You know, it just sounds crazy to people to say that, hear ‘you abused me,’ ” Bambaataa said. “You know my thing is you know all my people back then, you know the hundreds of people that been around me. If something like that happened, why you never went to none of them? And stop all this type of craziness that they been trying to put by attacking me,” he said. “I ain’t touched this brother whatsoever.”
The rapper and academic said the men claiming he abused them have a hidden agenda.