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DJ Empress and Ida Engberg accuse Erick Morillo of Sexual Assault

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Two well-known DJs, DJ Empress and Ida Engberg, have posted on social media alleging that they were sexually assaulted or had their drink spiked by DJ Erick Morillo.

Morillo was found dead on Tuesday (1st September). He was scheduled to appear in court on Friday, having been arrested and charged with sexual battery in August.  The DJ/producer had turned himself into authorities after the results of a rape kit tested positive for his DNA. The DJ initially denied the accusations, but on Wednesday (5th August), results of a rape kit taken at the time of the incident tested positive for Morillo’s DNA. He since handed himself into the police with his attorney.

Since his death, American drum & bass artist DJ Empress and Swedish DJ Ida Engberg have gone public with their testimonials of Morillo’s sexual assault and inappropriate behaviour, which span decades. 

Writing on Facebook on Tuesday 8th September, DJ Empress wrote about the sexual harassment she experienced from Morillo. She started “holding this in since 1998.”

“Erick Morillo used to sexually harass me like crazy when I worked as a buyer at a Record Store in NYC called Satellite when I was 17 years old,” she said in the post. “So much so that he even got my phone # out of the store’s database without my consent and also a friend of mine’s home # that I was at so he could call me & leave me harassing disgusting weird breathy, sexual messages.

“He would come up behind me and rub his dick all over my legs & butt when I was facing the wall putting away records, while breathing his hot, wet breath into my ears & whisper perverted sexual things he wanted to do to me. The first few times he did that to me, I remember just freezing. I didn’t know what to do, I was so young… He was this super intense, totally perverted creep.”

She went on to say how the other employees in the shop knew about and seemingly tolerated this behaviour, before continuing: “I honestly did not know how to handle it when he would molest me in the middle of the store. I would get sick to my stomach with anxiety & my heart would race when he would come to the store or if I heard he was coming in. I did not have the emotional toughness & wherewithal to know how to handle it or tell him to fuck off. Nor did I have the option to quit because my father had literally thrown me out of his apartment & cut me off financially for deciding to be a DJ like he was. 

“Stuff like this really was hard & still is hard to this day because of all the blaming & shame. Especially because at that time if you spoke up, you ran risk of being cancelled by the male dominated scene. There were very few of us female DJs & artists then. I would feel so mad at myself for not knowing how to handle him molesting me & ashamed that I had to go through with that treatment as I tried to figure out another, less demeaning way as a DJ. Not only did I not like that & was teased that I did, but then there was the fact that all of my male coworkers forced that on me.”

“I had to speak up & say something because everyone that actually knew him, knew what he was like.

“I realized that if I didn’t speak up, it could possibly give other person a chance to do this without being held accountable and I want to help be a part of the change that needs to happen not only in the Music scene, but also in this world.”

DJ Empress

Previous Ida posted on her Instagram below, she also commented on Jamie Jones post saying “I met [Erick] Morillo in Ibiza back in 2006. Once in an after-party at his house, I sat outside in a sunbed talking to a friend of mine when he approached me from behind, pulled my head back, held my forehead against the sunbed and poured a drink into my mouth against my will. I got upset and asked what that was. He laughed and said “it’s MDMA”

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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