DJ Erick Morillo has turned himself in after allegations of sexual battery on a woman.
The Colombian-American DJ has been charged for an incident that is alleged to have taken place in his Miami home in December. Miami station Local 10 reports that the attack took place after the two had worked together as DJs at a private party on Star Island, before going back to Morillo’s home on La Gorce Drive for drinks with another woman.
According to the arrest report, the victim informed detectives that Morillo “made several advances towards her, some sexual in nature, but she refused all of his attempts.” She told police that she found a room to sleep in alone, before “waking up nude on the bed, with Mr. Morillo standing on the side of the bed also nude”.
Morillo denied the accusation for months, but following a rape kit that tested positive for his DNA, he has reportedly turned himself in.
Beginning DJing at age twelve, Morillo, now 49, has accrued international recognition for his work in house music, a three-time winner of both “Best House DJ” and “Best International DJ” awards. Under the alias Reel 2 Real, he had three UK Top 10 hits in the mid 1990s, including I Like to Move It (used in both Madagascar movies), which topped charts in France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
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