Afrika Bambaataa, one of the legendary hip hop artists from the 1980s, was recently served in connection to a lawsuit filed against him and the Zulu Nation. The explosive lawsuit is claiming that the disgraced hip hop pioneer sexually abused and repeatedly sex trafficked a 12-year-old boy to other deviant adult males in exchange of money for four years.
Child sex trafficking, by definition, refers to the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, obtaining, patronizing, or soliciting of a minor for the purpose of a commercial sex act.
The lawsuit was filed in Bronx Supreme Court by a now adult male who is identified as John Doe. According to the suit, the alleged victim claims that the child sexual abuse and child prostitution took place was in Bambaataa’s Bronx River apartment, which doubled as the Zulu Nation Headquarters.
John Doe’s lawyer filed the lawsuit on August 4, 2021, ten days before the August 14th deadline of the Child Victims Act (CVA). His attorney Hugo Ortega explains the nature of the action:
“The CVA opened a historic one-year onetime window for victims and survivors of childhood sexual abuse in the State of New York to pursue lapsed claims. Prior to the passage of the CVA, each Plaintiff's claims were time barred the day they turned 22 years old.”
In 2016, Troi “Star” Torain had an interview with a Zulu Nation member who said he was sexually abused by Afrika Bambaataa and other Zulu Nation members while in the ninth grade. This began a litany of allegations on Torain’s show against Bambaataa as more and more alleged victims came forward.
John Doe was not one of those men.