Ronald Savage, a Bronx activist and former music industry executive, came forward and accused Afrika Bambaattaa, the pioneer of hip-hop, of sexual abuse. He claimed that Bamaattaa had molested him a number of times in 1980 when Savage was 15 years old. But now, Bambaataa has responded to these claims with a statement.

"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," he said in a statement. "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."

Savage said he wanted to go public with the story in an effort to extend New York's statute of limitations for child sex abuse which blocks criminal and civil charges after the victim turns 23.