Following claims that he had sexually abused a former member of the Zulu Nation, Afrika Bambaataa has broken his silence. In a statement sent to Rolling Stone, the hip-hop icon called the allegations phony.
"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," the statement read. "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."
The allegations against the "Godfather of Hip-Hop" -- who founded the Zulu Nation to promote unity as well as the hip-hop arts and was responsible for the 1982 hit with the Soulsonic Force "Planet Rock" -- stemmed from former music executive and author Ronald Savage, who claimed in his self-published memoir Impulse Urges and Fantasies, that Bambaataa allegedly sexually abused him in 1980, inflicting "deep emotional wounds."