Johnny Nunez/WireImageThe Universal Zulu Nation is no longer standing by their leader, Afrika Bambaataa, after previously refuting claims from the hip-hop pioneer’s alleged sexual abuse victims.
In a statement obtained by ABC Radio, the organization apologizes to those who have allegedly been victimized by Bambaataa, who has denied the allegations.
“On behalf of the members of the Universal Zulu Nation worldwide, who have made their voices heard through their chapter leaders, we extend our deepest and most sincere apologies to the many people who have been hurt by the actions of Afrika Bambaataa and the subsequent poor response of our organization to allegations leveled against him,” the statement reads.
Included in the statement are mentions of Ronald Savage and Hassan Campbell, who were some of the first to speak out against the “Planet Rock” producer.
“To the survivors of apparent sexual molestation by Bambaataa, both those who have come forward and others who have not, we are sorry for what you endured and extend our thanks to those who have spoken out for your bravery in bringing to light that which most of us were sadly unaware of, and others chose not to disclose,” the statement continues.
Just weeks ago, the group defended Bambaataa, saying that Ronald Savage, who made the first accusation, was “mentally challenged.” Now the organization is promising change and to educate their members and communities on child molestation and sexual violence, as well as seek justice for Bambaataa’s alleged victims.
The statement was signed by over 30 Zulu Nation leaders representing chapters from the United States to Australia. The organization was founded by Bambaataa to promote art and unity in the hip-hop community.
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