American DJ Afrika Bambaataa, hip-hop pioneer and founder of the Zulu Nation, has again been charged with sexual abuse of minors.
On August 9, 2021, an anonymous plaintiff filed a lawsuit against famous rapper and producer, Lance Taylor, whose real name is his real name, in the Bronx Supreme Court in New York. He accuses her of having abused him for four years, in the early 1990s, when he was 12 years old. He claims to have been “Repeatedly sexually abused and victim of sex trafficking”.
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The plaintiff, nicknamed John Doe by the court, says he was approached by Afrika Bambaataa in 1991 after attending several meetings of the Zulu Nation, an organization born in the Bronx in the early 1970s, which today brings together still hip-hop aficionados, defending the values conveyed by their slogan «Peace, love, unity and having fun» (“Peace, love, unity and fun”).
According to his statements, Bambaataa, who then benefited from his posture as a hip-hop star after releasing his legendary «Planet Rock» and six albums, allegedly began inviting him to his apartment several times a week, where he allegedly abused him, before taking him to different places to prostitute him with other adult men, members of the Zulu Nation.
John Doe claims to have suffered “Physical injuries, severe and permanent emotional distress, mental anguish, depression and shame” following these multiple rapes, for which he is now claiming a trial, and compensatory damages.
Bambaataa has not yet commented on this complaint, which is not the first charge of sexual assault on minors targeting him. In April 2016, it is the musical producer Ronald Savage who publicly made allegations against Afrika Bambaataa for sexually assaulting him in 1980, when he was 15 at the time. Three other men had testified after him, accusing Bambaataa of pedophile acts, but the statute of limitations having passed, no complaint could legally succeed. Afrika Bambaataa had contented himself with denying the accusations and stepping down as head of the Zulu Nation, which then issued an open letter of apology to the victims.
The new allegations made against the DJ by John Doe are based on a change in New York law introduced by the Child Victims Act of 2019, which extended the statute of limitations for acts of sexual assault committed against children.
The lawsuit brought by John Doe also involves the Zulu Nation, Universal Zulu Nation and XYZ Corp, which are accused of allowing Bambaataa to have “Access to children, including the complainant, knowing that he would be likely to use their position to gain their trust in order to sexually abuse them”.
Source: Slate.fr by www.slate.fr.
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