The hip-hop legend says the accusations are part of an agenda to ruin his name.

Afrika Bambaataa has responded to the recent allegations made against him of child molestation in his first interview since the news came to light.

Bambaataa called into The Ed Lover Show and denied the charges on-air, taking a similar stance to the public statement he previously released. He called the accusations a stunt by people trying to gain publicity, alluding specifically to original accuser, former New York State Democratic Committee member and Bronx Judicial Delegate Ronald Savage.

“It’s people that’s trying to sell a book,” he said, referring to Savage’s recently released memoir that marked the first allegation.

The rap pioneer denied even knowing Savage, saying those years were “a time when you could get nowhere next to me”.

Bambaataa also addressed the rumored 2013 stabbing from an alleged victim, saying the event never took place and he was on stage at Radio City Music Hall two days later.

“If somebody stab you, you ain’t getting out of a hospital that quick,” he said taking a similar stance to the one Zulu Nation took when they denied the claims in 2013.

Bambaataa told the show’s host he’s currently discussing a defamation lawsuit with his lawyer and is preparing to speak more on the subject: “We’re seeing if there’s cause for us to do that, I’m getting ready to speak to all the different medias and stuff like that now in the face of all this chaos to destroy Afrika Bambaataa.”

Listen to the interview below.

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