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Rock in Rio 2011 - Day 4

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Serious allegations made by a former New York State Democratic Committee member against a hip hop pioneer are refuted.

Last month Ronald Savage made accusations against the Universal Zulu Nation founder Afrika Bambaataa in his new book Impulse, Urges and Fantasies. Savage claims are that Bambaataa had molested him as a teenager.

A statement was issued by the International Spokesperson for the Universal Zulu Nation, King Kamonzi saying the allegations “100 percent untrue.” Bambaataa now issues a statement to Rolling Stone magazine.

I, Afrika Bambaataa, want to take this opportunity at the advice of my legal counsel to personally deny any and all allegations of any type of sexual molestation of anyone,Bambaataa said. “These allegations are baseless and are a cowardly attempt to tarnish my reputation and legacy in hip-hop at this time. This negligent attack on my character will not stop me from continuing my battle and standing up against the violence in our communities, the violence in the nation and the violence worldwide.”

Earlier this week, Savage spoke to the New York Daily News with further details on the allegations.

“I’m not looking for any compensation from Afrika Baambaata. That’s not what this is about… The only thing I wanted was for this man to answer my question, why me? That’s my justice for myself because I just wanted to know why me?”

 

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