Three More Men Accuse Afrika Bambaataa Of Sexual Abuse
After an explosive allegation that Afrika Bambaataa repeatedly sexually abused a man when he was a young boy, three more men have stepped forward with their own stories accusing him of sexual misconduct when they were children. Each man once thought they were the sole victim…but the news breaking inspired each to come forward…
Hassan Campbell and several other men told The News last week that they were sexually abused by Bambaataa, the South Bronx hip-hop pioneer whose 1982 hit “Planet Rock” helped turn rap music into an international phenomenon.
The men stepped forward after The News published a story last Sunday about former music industry executive and Democratic Party activist Ronald Savage, who claims Bambaataa abused him at least five times in 1980, inflicting deep emotional wounds.
“I know what Ronald Savage is saying is true because he did it to me,” said a 50-year-old New York man who requested anonymity. “I have never spoken to anybody about this and when I did, I said ‘Holy s—, they finally caught up to him.'”
While Afrika and his Zulu Nation organization insist that these allegations are all part of plot by the US Government to discredit him and his work, more men — choosing to remain anonymous — corroborate the claims with stories of their own:
A 51-year-old former New Yorker named Troy, who asked that his last name not be used in this story, told The News Bambaataa abused him, too.
“I still have a lot of anger about this,” said Troy, who lives in North Carolina. “I’ve been dealing with this for years. It’s a shame this didn’t come out earlier.”
Campbell and Bambaataa’s other accusers all say the music star showed them pornographic pictures or videos and then performed 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.
SMH. This situation is looking very “Cosby-ish” right now. We wonder how many more men will come forward to tell their own stories of abuse from Afrika…