In light of claims that he sexually abused multiple children, disgraced hip-hop producer Afrika Bambaataa has continued to deny allegations made against him in a recent interview with Fox News.
Before we delve into the interview itself, here is a quick recap of what we are aware of surrounding the case.
Last month, New York politician Ronald Savage brought to light a series of shocking events surrounding his alleged molestation by hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa throughout the 1970’s. Despite Bambaataa denying this , and receiving blind support from KRS-One, numerous other people opened up about similar sexual abuse they experienced at the hands of the rapper, with Troy, 51, recalling that “[Afrika Bambaataa] showed me a book with a picture of a penis and said, ‘You don’t have to be gay for me to suck your dick.”
Following these claims, Universal Zulu Nation, of which Bambaataa was the founder, announced a change in leadership, diplomatically removing all associated parties with the scandal from their setup without making any allegations of their own.
For his most recent interview with Fox, Bambaataa remained adamant that he was innocent of all charges, going at length to note his intentions were harmless with those in the surrounding community.
“I never abused nobody. You know all my people back then. You know the hundreds of people who have been around me…what is the motivation and what is the agenda?“
When asked if he felt he was falsely accused, Bambaataa noted that, “There’s always been things where you falsely accuse people, where people sit in the prisons…..from 10, 15, 20 or even 30-40 years.”
In reply to Bambaataa, Mr Savage stated that, “No one can tell anyone when they are ready to let stuff out…especially if you haven’t been through what I went through and what other people went through.”
Watch the full interview below. Footage begins at 0.42.
Regardless of how this plays out, this interview is just the start of another chapter of a sad story for the hip-hop world.