A new lawsuit alleges Afrika Bambaataa used his home in The Bronx as both Zulu Nation headquarters and a lair for grooming and assaulting young boys.
Afrika Bambaataa and The Zulu Nation have reportedly been accused of child sex trafficking in a disturbing new lawsuit.
According to a report from Metropolis, a suit was filed on August 4th of this year with The Bronx Supreme Court by an unnamed victim, alleging the disgraced hip-hop pioneer recruited, groomed, raped, and eventually sold the victim to other men for sexual services over the course of four years. The victim claims to have been only 12-years-old at the time he first met Bambaataa. The suit was filed under the Child Victims Act, which allows for victims of childhood sexual assault to sue within one year of the legislation’s passing, regardless of how long ago the assault occurred. The suit also claims many of the assaults took place at Bambaataa’s home in The Bronx, which also served as The Zulu Nation’s headquarters.
Though Bambaataa himself has yet to offer comment on the lawsuit, the Zulu Nation has continued to distance themselves from their excommunicated founder in light of the new claims. “Nothing has changed since 2016 when these decades ago accusations first surfaced,” wrote the organization in a statement for Metropolis. “This is a personal matter for Afrika Bambaataa and his lawyers to deal with and has absolutely nothing to do with the 10 year long UZN-DOCA mission, programs and projects which continue in the revolutionary legacy of both The Black Panther Party & The Young Lords Party to ‘Serve The People, Body & Soul,'” the group added.
The accusations Zulu Nation is referring to stem from 2016, when Bambaataa was accused of sexual molestation by a number of men who were teens and pre-teens at the time of their assault. The DJ did respond to those charges, dubbing them “baseless” and “cowardly” in a statement for Rolling Stone. “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 wrote. “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,” he added.
This story is still developing.