Afrika Bambaataa has been officially removed as the leader of the Zulu Nation after several men came forward accusing the artist of sexual molestation.
According to the New York Daily News via Vibe.com:
On March 31, Ronald Savage, a reported former music executive spoke exclusively with the newspaper and gave a detail account of his relationship with the “Planet Rock” artist. The following Sunday, three other men came forward, also former members of the 40 year old organization, and also spoke of the Bambaataa’s sexual misconduct. The 59-year-old responded to the allegations via his lawyer and emphatically denied them. Since then, a former bodyguard came forward providing credence to the alleged victims, giving the allegations even more legs to stand on.
Zulu Nation said it was “saddened by current events” but will use this as an opportunity to help those effected by sexual abuse. The group’s action steps include “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.”
Amid the mounting allegations being leveled against Bambaataa, KRS-One found himself in hot water when he alleges to have been misquoted as not caring if little boys have been sexually abused. He then clarified his comments in a lengthy blog posts.