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Afrika Bambaataa sued for sexual abuse, sex trafficking

A lawsuit filed in August accuses hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa of sexually abusing and prostituting a minor over a four-year period in the early 1990s.

In the lawsuit, filed in August under the New York Child Victims Act and obtained by Rolling Stone, the John Doe victim alleges that “from 1991, when the Plaintiff was merely 12 years old, to 1995, the Plaintiff was repeatedly sexually abused and sex trafficked at the hands of” Bambaataa, referred to in the lawsuit by his birth name Lance Taylor.

A representative for Bambaataa did not immediately respond to Rolling Stone‘s request for comment.

A lawyer for John Doe told Rolling Stone in a statement, “The New York Child Victims Act has finally provided a legal means for child victims of sexual abuse to hold those like Afrika Bambaataa responsible for the psychological and physical injuries caused to their victims. We will aggressively pursue justice for our client in this case, who the evidence will show, was horribly abused by Mr. Bambaataa.”

According to the lawsuit, the then-12-year-old Doe was allowed access to the home gym within Bambaataa’s Bronx apartment, where the DJ first “would comment about Plaintiff’s muscular body and would touch Plaintiff on the shoulders, biceps, and torso.” Bambaataa allegedly would later “inappropriately touch Plaintiff in his private areas,” which progressed to watching pornographic videos at Bambaataa’s apartment where he would “encourage Plaintiff to masturbating [sic],” which soon after “progressed to mutual masturbation.” That, the lawsuit claims, “progressed to sodomy.”

“Plaintiff became a victim of sex trafficking as Defendant Taylor would transport Plaintiff to other locations and offer Plaintiff for sex to other adult men,” the lawsuit states. “During said encounters, Defendant Taylor would watch as Plaintiff was sodomized by other adult men.”

The alleged abuse lasted from 1991 to 1995. The victim — now in his early Forties — “suffered physical injury, severe and permanent emotional distress, mental anguish, depression, and embarrassment. Plaintiff was prevented from obtaining the full enjoyment of life and has been unable to keep a steady job. As a result, Plaintiff has incurred a loss of income and/or loss of earning capacity,” the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit also lists Zulu Nation, Universal Zulu Nation, and XYZ Corp. as defendants, as they allegedly helped “to target, groom, and sexually abuse children”; those organizations parted ways with their founder Bambaataa in 2016 following another allegation of sexual abuse against the DJ by one of his “crate boys,” Ronald Savage, who wrote in his memoir that Bambaataa also made him perform oral sex on a Zulu Nation member. “Crate Boys” was the nickname for neighborhood kids who helped haul records for DJs. Other alleged victims stepped forward soon after.

In a statement (via The Source), the Zulu Nation said of the new lawsuit: “Nothing has changed since 2016 when these decades-ago accusations first surfaced. This is a personal matter for Afrika Bambaataa and his lawyers to deal with and has absolutely nothing to do with the 10-years 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.’”

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