DJ Erick Morillo Reported Dead in Miami Beach

House music DJ Erick Morillo
House music DJ Erick Morillo Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images
Erick Morillo, the house DJ arrested in Miami last month on suspicion of raping a fellow DJ, has died.

The Miami Beach Police Department is investigating Morillo's death, which TMZ reported earlier this afternoon. Police spokesperson Ernesto Rodriguez says the department got a 911 call today at 10:42 a.m. to Morillo's home on La Gorce Drive. Details about the death have not been released.

Morillo recently made news after he was arrested on a sexual-battery charge on August 6. According to police, a woman accused him of making sexual advances toward her at his home, which she refused, and later raping her last December.

Morillo pleaded not guilty on August 18. He was scheduled for an arraignment hearing on Friday morning.

Morillo, also a music producer and record label owner, was born in New York and grew up in Colombia and New Jersey. He started DJing as a teen and eventually became among the highest-paid DJs in the world. He is most popular for the international dance hit "I Like to Move It," which topped charts on several continents and appeared in Dreamworks' Madagascar movies.

On December 7, a woman called 911 to report she had been raped at Morillo's home. An arrest report says the woman told detectives she knew Morillo through the music industry. The caller told police that Morillo had invited her to join him and another woman at his house for drinks after a party that night.

The day police arrested Morillo, Local 10 reported that he and the woman were DJing at a private party on Star Island.

According to the arrest report, the alleged victim told police that she, Morillo, and the other woman took an Uber to Morillo's home. Morillo gave the victim a green bathing suit so she could join him and the other woman in the pool.

The victim told police Morillo and the other woman "appeared to have a physical type of relationship" based on how close they were inside and outside of the pool.

The victim told police Morillo made several advances toward her, "some sexual in nature," while in the pool, the arrest report says. She refused all of his advances. The victim felt Morillo was disrespecting her; she changed back into her clothes and told the DJ she would call an Uber to pick her up, the report says.

The alleged victim told police she stayed at the house after Morillo apologized for his behavior.

The report says the victim at one point left the home to smoke a cigarette and started feeling tired. When she went back inside, she found Morillo and the other woman asleep on a couch. The victim went upstairs to a second-floor bedroom, possibly Morillo's, and went to sleep, the report says.

The victim told police she went to bed fully clothed but later woke up undressed, with Morillo standing naked over her. She reported feeling pain and having "flashes" to him sexually assaulting her, the report says.

The victim "became very nervous," got dressed, left the home, and called 911. She was taken to a rape-treatment center for an evaluation.

Miami Beach police responded to the home and talked to Morillo.

Morillo told a detective he didn't have sex with the victim, but he did have sex with the other woman. Morillo said he walked into the bedroom naked and was "startled" by the victim sleeping in his bed, the report says.

The second woman also gave a statement and told police she didn't see Morillo have sex with the victim. The woman confirmed that she and Morillo fell asleep on the couch. The report doesn't say whether the woman told police she and Morillo had sex.

On July 2, Miami Beach police received the results of the victim's sexual-assault test kit, which tied Morillo to the alleged assault.

Morillo turned himself in to Miami Beach police on August 5, almost eight months to the day after the woman called police.
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Alexi C. Cardona is a former staff writer at Miami New Times.