Zulu Nation has issued a formal apology to the alleged victims of Afrikaa Bambaataa’s sexual abuse.
The Zulu Nation organization was founded by Bambaataa to promote art and unity in the hip hop community. The apology comes just weeks after the organization attacked the claims of the victims and suggested their allegations were part of some grand government conspiracy.
via NY Daily News:
“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,” said the statement signed by nearly three dozen Zulu Nation leaders representing chapters across the United States and as far away as New Zealand.
The statement said Zulu Nation is committed to seeking justice and healing for Afrika Bambaataa’s alleged victims and will educate its members and communities about sexual abuse.
Zulu Nation issued a statement last month that denied the allegations and called Ronald Savage, the one-time member known as “Bee Stinger” who was the first to publicly accuse Bambaataa of sexual abuse, “mentally challenged.”
The denial also claimed the Daily News was working with the government and the NYPD to discredit Zulu Nation.
“I think the letter is sincere but it’s too little too late,” Savage said. “They should have done this in the beginning instead of disrespecting me and the Daily News.”
A total of four men have accused Bambaataa of sexual abuse. Bambaataa has repeatedly denied the allegations.