In a post surviving R. Kelly world, it appears more public figures with rumored abuse in their pasts are finally being brought to justice. Afrika Bambaataa is the latest to be sued and will hopefully be brought to justice soon for crimes he committed against underage boys.
The “John Doe” suing Bambaataa is doing so under the Child Victims Act (CVA), allowing victims new protection against abusers and a one-year window to file suit.
Stories about Bambaataa have been prevalent for years. Most famously, New York politician Ronald Savage came forward and confessed that Bambaataa forced him to engage in sexual acts as young as 13, including oral and sodomy. This abuse began in 1979 when Bambaataa was 21 years old.
“I was a kid when this happened. I wanted to be down with the in-crowd, not really understanding that what Bambaataa was doing to me was molesting me,” Savage said. “I knew it was wrong. I had these feelings that were like, ‘Yuck.’”
Savage could not sue because the statute of limitations had expired. However, there is hope for those filing claims now under the CVA.
The claim also alleges that he was trafficking the boys, with reports that he brought young men to different locations and forced them to engage in sex with other individuals while he watched.
Afrika Bambaataa has maintained his innocence over the years.
Link to original The Gossip Street