Afrika Bambaataa Accused Of Sexual Abuse In New Book
A newly released book contains shocking allegations of sexual abuse against Afrika Bambaataa.
In his book, “Impulse Urges And Fantasies: Life Is a Bag of Mixed Emotions,” Ronald Savage claims at the age of 15, he was sexually molested by the Hip Hop icon on at least five different occasions.
Via the NY Daily News:
“I want him to know how much he damaged me growing up,” says Savage, 50, who was known as “Bee Stinger” when he was running with the Zulu Nation, the international hip-hop organization Bambaataa founded in the 1970s.
“I was just a child,” he told the Daily News. “Why did he take my innocence away? Why did he do this to me?”
Savage says he’s speaking out because he wants to change New York’s statute of limitations, which bars child sexual abuse victims from pursuing criminal charges or civil penalties after their 23rd birthday. He’s not looking for a payday, he says, but he does want relief from the secret that has haunted him from years — and he wants to prevent children from suffering like he has.
Savage says the first sex assault took place at Bambaataa’s apartment, where Savage sought refuge after cutting school. Bambaataa fondled himself and Savage that day, then invited another man to join in, Savage says. During the second incident, Bambaataa allegedly ordered Savage to perform oral sex on an older Zulu Nation member.
“I hated myself,” Savage says. “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.”
Savage says he eventually stopped the abuse by pulling away from his former hip-hop hero.
“He came to my house. I pretended I wasn’t there and that’s how it began to stop,” Savage says. “But by that time I was already messed up.”