Three More Men Come Forward to Accuse Afrika Bambaataa of Sexual Abuse
The hip-hop legend called one man a liar and a “paid police informant.”
In the wake of an exclusive report published on Sunday (April 17) by New York newspaper, the Daily News, in which a 50-year-old man named Ronald Savage revealed being molested by hip-hop legend and Zulu Nation founder, Afrika Bambaataa, three more men have stepped forward with similar allegations.
Hassan Campbell, 39; a 51-year-old man referred to as Troy and a 50-year-old who requested anonymity, all told the newspaper last week that they were sexually abused by Bambaataa as well, detailing how he lured and violated them during their teenage years.
“I know what Ronald Savage is saying is true because he did it to me,” said the nameless 50-year-old victim. “I have never spoken to anybody about this and when I did, I said ‘Holy shit, they finally caught up to him.’”
“I still have a lot of anger about this,” added Troy, who lives in North Carolina. “I’ve been dealing with this for years. It’s a shame this didn’t come out earlier.”
“He is a pervert,” Campbell told the paper. “He likes little boys.”
Troy, as well as the other men, told the Daily News that Bambaataa would show them pornographic videos and/or pictures and then perform oral sex on them. “He showed me a book with a picture of a penis and said, ‘You don’t have to be gay for me to suck your d—,” Troy said.
Campbell says he remained in contact with Bambaataa years after the abuse stopped, including during a three year stint in prison on assault charges. But, despite claiming “he was a big part of my life,” he posted a video a couple of months back in which he accused Bambaataa of the sexual abuse. He later took it down when Bambaataa and Zulu Nation officials allegedly agreed to meet with him, during which Bambaataa acknowledged the assault, according to Campbell, and apologized, promising to get counseling, among other things. But he didn’t keep his word.
“He never did any of those things,” Campbell said. “He’s a manipulator and a liar. He’s just waiting for this chaos to blow over so he can go back to his dark, dingy hole and go back to his old ways. He needs to put down the candy and let the little boys go.”
In response, Bambaataa, his lawyer, Vivian Kimi Tozaki, and the Zulu Nation, are denying all allegations, calling Campbell both a “liar and government paid police informant” and debunking Savage’s account in a statement issued last week.