Following accusations of sexual abuse, Afrika Bambaataa has been removed as the leader of the Universal Zulu Nation, the hip-hop advocacy group that he had founded in the 1970s. Last month, Bronx activist Ronald Savage came forward and stated that Bambaataa had sexually assaulted him several times in the '80s, when he was 15-years-old. Since then, other anonymous sources have come forward with similar accusations. The hip-hop pioneer has continued to deny all allegations against him, calling them "defamatory" and "false." But now, the Zulu Nation has decided to change leadership at this time.

In a statement, the Zulu Nation said that it couldn't condemn "one of our founders based on testimony through social media alone," but also added that they "cannot dismiss the comments of parties asserting they have been harmed. We have a duty to search for truth." The group also said it wanted to "extend great sympathy to anyone affected by such issues."