Just a week before his 58th birthday, reports have surfaced that hip hop legend Afrika Bambaataa allegedly sexually abused Robert Savage at the tender age of 15. Savage has written about his ordeal in a new memoir titled Impulse Urges and Fantasies and now, as a political activist in New York, he is trying to help change statute of limitation laws so that survivors of sexual assault can get justice.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Savage explained that at the time, Bambaataa was 23 years old and that the abuse occurred while he was part of Bambaataa’s Zulu Nation. During each encounter, Savage said that he felt “hypnotized” and confessed that he never went to police, because he felt embarrassed and ashamed even though there were at least five incidents. Nevertheless, Savage told the New York Daily News, “I want him to know how much he damaged me growing up. I was just a child. Why did he take my innocence away? Why did he do this to me?”

Of course, Bambaataa’s attorney, Kimi Tozaki, is denying these accusations on the his behalf. “Defamatory statements were published seeking to harm my client’s reputation so as to lower him in the estimation of the community while deterring others from associating or dealing with him,” she told the Daily News, referring to Savage’s self-published book, Impulse Urges and Fantasies. “The statements show a reckless disregard for the truth, were published with knowledge of their falsity, and are being made by a lesser-known person seeking publicity.”

Savage tells of his life goals to get rid of the statute of limitations which basically means that victims have a certain amount of time to bring accusations on another person in order to be considered for trial. “I promised myself before I die, I’m going to let the world know what happened to me,” he told the NY Daily News. “They need to get rid of the statute of limitations. How can anyone who has not been a victim say when somebody is ready to speak about this?”

-TSR