The Zulu Nation, who once rushed to defend its founder Afrika Bambaataa against a sexual molestation allegation by former member Ronald Savage, is attempting to distance itself from the scandal by changing leadership.
The New York Daily News reports, members announced this weekend the group is seeking new leader for an “in-depth reassessment.”
On March 31, Ronald Savage, a reported former music executive spoke exclusively with the newspaper and gave a detail account of his relationship with the “Planet Rock” artist. The following Sunday, three other men came forward, also former members of the 40 year old organization, and also spoke of the Bambaataa’s sexual misconduct.
The 59-year-old responded to the allegations via his lawyer and emphatically denied them. Since then, a former bodyguard came forward providing credence to the alleged victims, giving the allegations even more legs to stand on.
Zulu Nation said it was “saddened by current events” but will use this as an opportunity to help those effected by sexual abuse. The group’s action steps include “providing support for victims of abuse, rape and molestation and working more closely on other social issues existing in communities such as drug addiction, alcoholism and mental health.”
Amid the mounting allegations being leveled against Bambaataa, KRS-One found himself in hot water when he alleges to have been misquoted as not caring if little boys have been sexually abused. He then clarified his comments in a lengthy blog posts.
“Of course, I care if a young person is being abused or even neglected…it is more the fact that I don’t gossip, I don’t take sides in real disputes that don’t concern me, I don’t slander people’s names and I don’t believe in abandoning your friends when they may be accused of crimes or make mistakes in life.”
Bambaataa has not released a statement since the change in leadership.