*Hip-hop co-founder Afrika Bambaataa is on the receiving end of sexual misconduct allegations that have surfaced.
The allegations, which were made known on Thursday (03-31-16), came from former New York State Democratic Committee member Ronald Savage.
According to Savage, Bambaataa sexually abused him as a teenager, adding that he met the Universal Zulu Nation member when he was 12 or 13. BET notes that Savage’s age then would have put Bambaataa at roughly 21 at the time.
During an radio interview with Shot97.com, Savage publicly discussed the alleged molestation from Bambaataa and his reasons for coming forward after all this time.
“It took me this long to actually get this out and to be able to really talk about it,” Savage said. Although he addressed past his past interactions with Bambaataa in his book, “Impulses, Urges and Fantasies,” Savage used a different name as he went into his version of what happened between him and the legendary DJ.
“I wanted to be down with the in crowd, not really understanding what Bambaataa was doing to me was actually molesting me,” he said.
As for why he didn’t speak out sooner, Savage mentioned a variety of reasons he stayed silent, including the notion of males not typically speaking up about sexual misconduct.
Although Savage’s claims could be proven true or admitted to by Bambaataa, chances of the hip-hop co-founder actually answering for the crime are slim, in light of the fact that the statue of limitations has expired.
As a result, no criminal charges can be filed against Bambaataa.
Watch the Shot 97 interview with Ronald Savage:
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