Cornell University recently announced that it had acquired Afrika Bambaataa's collection of over 40,000 vinyl records. Now, that move is currently under fire as allegations of sexual abuse have surfaced against the Hip Hop icon.
According to the New York Daily News, former Bronx judicial delegate Ronald Savage has accused Bambaataa of sexually abusing him when he was a child. The accusation was first made in his memoir titled Impulse, Urges and Fantasies, but since the March release, three more men have made similar accusations. Savage remains vocal in his opposition to the university's acquisition, telling the New York Daily News, "If Cornell accepts anything from Bambaataa, that's like it is telling the world it supports child molesters."
In order to ensure action is taken against the university, DJ Troi (Star) Torain has laucnhed a petition on Change.org. Torain expressed his motive to the New York Daily News: "I'm asking Cornell to show some respect about these allegations... Just because these allegations were made by men of color doesn't mean you can ignore them."
Bambaataa has in fact responded, expressing his innocence to 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. 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."
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