Although Afrika Bambaataa has continued to deny the sexual assault claims brought against him, the Universal Zulu Nation has now offered support to his accusers in a formal apology for their "poor response" to the series allegations against the hip-hop pioneer.

Bambaataa was first accused of child molestation in March, from Ronald Savage and since then, a number of others have come forward with similar claims. The Zulu Nation removed Bambaataa as their leader earlier this month but they regret that they didn't respond sooner. "On behalf of the members of the Universal Zulu Nation worldwide, who have made their voices heard through their chapter leaders, we extend our deepest and most sincere apologies to the many people who have been hurt by the actions of Afrika Bambaataa and the subsequent poor response of our organization to allegations leveled against him," the statement read. "We extend further apologies to Ronald “Bee-Stinger” Savage and Hassan “Poppy” Campbell, who were subjected to unjust and inexcusable attacks on their characters in official statements by our organization when they chose to speak their truths – we hear you, we believe you, and we stand with you."

Read the entire statement here.