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Who was Erick Morillo and what were the rape charges against him?


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FAMOUS nightclub DJ Erick Morillo has been found dead in his house in Miami Beach.

It came just a month after he was arrested and charged with sexual battery on a woman – but what were the charges against him?

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Erick Morillo is a world renowned music producer and DJ[/caption]

Who is Erick Morillo?

Erick Morillo, 49, was an American-Colombian DJ and music producer.

He was best known for his house music DJ career in nightclubs all over the world.

His label Subliminal Records has produced the number one Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play hit “Fun” by Da Mob.

The song also won the Muzik magazine Remixer of the Year award in 1999.

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He was accused of sexual battery in Miami[/caption]

Morillo is a three-time winner of DJ Awards Best House DJ and a three-time winner of Best International DJ.

He has received a total of 15 nominations in all from 1998 to 2010.

Why was he arrested?

Morillo was arrested after a woman claimed to have been sexually assaulted by him at his Miami Beach residence back in December of 2019.

Detectives say that Morillo and the accuser were both working as DJs at a private party on Star Island.

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Morillo turned himself in to the police[/caption]

After the event, Morillo and the accuser went to his home on La Gorce Drive for drinks, along with another woman.

The victim told detectives that Morillo “made several advances towards her, some sexual in nature, but she refused all of his attempts,” according to the arrest report.

She also mentioned having been feeling intoxicated and found an empty room in the home to sleep by herself.

She reported “waking up nude on the bed, with Mr. Morillo standing on the side of the bed also nude.”

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Results of a rape kit found his DNA[/caption]

Morillo denied the accusations against him but a rape kit tested positive for his DNA, according to Miami’s Local10 News.

Police say Morillo went to the station with his lawyer and turned himself in.

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The victim claimed she felt intoxicated and fell asleep in an empty room[/caption]

How did he die?

Morillo died at his home in Miami Beach, Florida, on Tuesday September 1.

A law enforcement source told the Miami Herald detectives are probing if he died of a drug overdose.

Cops got a call around 10:42am on September 1, and went to his home.

Police are still in preliminary stages of the investigation, Miami Beach Police Public Information Officer Ernesto Rodriguez told WPLG.

The DJ’s family confirmed his death to People, saying: “He was well-loved by his family and he had a lot of love to give.”

Where is he from?

Morillo was born in New York City but spent his early years in Cartagena, Colombia where he lived with his family.

He moved back to America when he was 11 and lived in New Jersey with his mom and sister, Sheila.


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What does sexual battery mean?

Sexual battery is intentional and offensive sexual contact, and can be sexual intercourse with a person who has not given or (as in the case of a child) is incapable of giving consent, according to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary.

In Florida, the mere act of rape is coded under Statue 794.011 as: “Oral, anal or vaginal penetration by, or union with a sexual organ of another or anal/vaginal penetration of another by any other object” and is also considered sexual battery.


People have been criticizing Morillo on social media for his behavior[/caption]

What is a rape kit?

A rape kit is a colloquial term for a sexual assault forensic exam.

The term rape kit refers to the kit itself, which is a container that includes a checklist, materials, and instructions, along with envelopes and other containers to package any specimens collected during the exam.


Fans are asking Morillo to provide an update on social media[/caption]

The kit contents may vary by state.

It is advised to not shower, change clothes, use the restroom or comb hair after an assault occurs so the kit can detect DNA accurately.

Not every hospital can perform a sexual assault forensic exam, as it requires specially trained medical professionals known as Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners and Sexual Assault Forensic Examiners.

It is advised to call the National Sexual Assault Hotline to be better directed to a facility with trained healthcare professionals.

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It is unclear if Morillo will serve jail time[/caption]


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What is Erick Morillo accused of?

DJ Erick Morillo

  • DJ Erick Morillo is being accused of sexual battery on a woman.
  • The victim claims to have fallen asleep in an empty room at the DJ’s home and woke up to find him “standing nude on the side of the bed” as she was also “nude on the bed.”
  • A rape kit was performed and came back positive with Morillo’s DNA.
  • He turned himself in to the police amid the kit result.


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