Hip hop producer Afrika Bambaataa molested ‘hundreds’ of kids, bodyguard says: ‘There’s always a boy in his house’
Afrika Bambaataa molested “hundreds” of boys who were paraded in and out of his places in the Bronx and on the road, said a man who claims to be a former bodyguard for the hip hop pioneer.
Shamsideen Shariyf Ali Bey, in an interview with an internet radio host, backed up claims from three alleged sexual abuse victims that Bambaataa preyed on them when they were boys.
"I can say I walked in on stuff and said, 'What the f--- is going on?'” Bey told Troi Torain, the radio host better known as Star. “There are things that I saw that confirmed it for me. Everyone knows these allegations go back to the early ’70s.”
Bey told Star, in an interview posted on YouTube, that Bambaataa was surrounded by people who were protected his pervy secret.
“There’s always a boy in his house,” Bey told Star, a former Hot 97 and Power 105 DJ. “When he leaves and gets home, there’s always a boy there. I’ve seen them camped, asking him for money. He travels with late teens, those are the ones he takes overseas with him. When I went with him on tour in the states, I’d stay in one room, and he would have boys in the room with him … since the ’70s, it’s been hundreds.”
Hassan Campbell told the Daily News last month that Bambaataa was a “pervert” who sexually abused him numerous times.
Campbell and several other men spoke out about Bambaataa, 59, after The News published a story last Sunday about former music industry executive and Democratic Party activist Ronald Savage, who claims Bambaataa abused him at least five times in 1980,
Bambaataa, whose 1982 hit "Planet Rock" helped turn rap music into an international phenomenon, has denied the charges.
The victims have been trying to pressure state lawmakers to reform New York's statute of limitations for sex abuse cases, which bars child victims from pursuing criminal charges or civil litigation after their 23rd birthday.