Universal Zulu Nation Removes Afrika Bambaataa as Leader
Following allegations of child molestation three decades ago, the hip-hop awareness group Afrika Bambaataa founded has ousted him as its leader.
The Universal Zulu Nation, which Bambaataa founded in the 1970s, officially removed him as its leader, though the press release doesn't mention him by name. Instead, the organization said it "is currently under new leadership".
The release, however, addresses the claims and assures that "there will be significant changes to the organization" including "a new move to work towards providing support for victims of abuse, rape and molestation and working more closely on other social issues existing in communities such as drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health."
New York State Democratic Committee member Ronald Savage made initial allegations, accusing Bambaataa of child molestation, which prompted three more men to come forward with similar stories.
Former bodyguard Shamsideen Shariyf Ali Bey even came forward, estimating there was "hundreds" of victims over the years.