Hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa has been accused of child molestation.
Ronald Savage, 50, who describes himself on his website as a “news journalist and a Judicial Delegate to the 12th Judicial District in the Bronx”, makes the claim in his book Impulse, Urges and Fantasies.
During an interview with Shot 97, Savage alleged that Bambaataa – real name Kevin Donovan – forced him to perform oral sex on him several times when Savage was around 13 or 14 years old. At the time, Bambaataa would have been around 21 years old.
“I was a kid when this happened,” Savage claimed during the interview. “I wanted to be down with the in-crowd, not really understanding that what Bambaataa was doing to me was molesting me. I knew it was wrong. I had these feelings that were like, ‘Yuck.'”
Continuing, Savage said that he did not come forward sooner because he “feared” Bambaataa, head of the influential hip-hip collective Universal Zulu Nation, and felt “shame” about what had allegedly taken place.
Afrika Bambaataa has yet to respond to Savage’s accusations. Savage is now unable to press charges against Bambaataa under the US Statute of Limitations.