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Rapper Cuts Off Penis, Jumps Off North Hollywood Balcony
Rapper Andre Johnson (AKA Christ Bearer) jumped off a North Hollywood apartment balcony after severing his penis early Wednesday.
Johnson survived the fall from his second-story jump around 1 a.m., but suffered severe injuries, reported CNN. Police, who found Johnson on the sidewalk, told TMZ that they believe it was a suicide attempt. They rushed him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The rapper is a member of Long Beach-based, hip-hop group North Star. TMZ and CNN reported that the group is affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan family. However, the Wu-Tang Clan is completely distancing themselves from the rapper and saying they have nothing to do with him, nor is he affiliated with the brand. On the Wu-Tang Clan Brand Instagram, along with the following photo, they captioned it: "Parental Advisory : Don't Believe The HYPE. This Mother Fucker Ain't Got Shit to do with WUTANG ..~Mr .TANG Www.WuTangclan.com."
Northstar, though, is listed as part of the Wu-Tang Clan on the the Wu-Tang Clan Corporation website. RZA was credited for discovering the duo (including Meko) back in 1998.
North Star members, who live in the same apartment complex, told TMZ that Johnson's actions came out of the blue and that he hadn't done any "hard drugs."
It is not clear if doctors are working on reattaching Johnson's penis.
DJ Ready Cee, a DJ from New York wrote a Facebook post about Johnson:
Johnson had just released this music video under his Christ Bearer moniker with Rugged Monk of Black Knights yesterday:
UPDATE 4/17, 8:55 a.m.: Doctors were unable to reattach Johnson's penis, according to TMZ. However, he is in stable condition at the hospital.
LAPD officer Nuria Venegas told City News Service that there were no drugs found at the apartment building on the 4500 block of Colfax where Johnson jumped. Rappers who witnessed the grisly incident told TMZ that Johnson may have mental problems.
The Wu-Tang Clan posted yesterday on Instagram and on their website a photo of Johnson with words emblazoned across it that he was not affiliated with them. However, they have since taken it down. Now, on the Wu-Tang Clan blog, they've linked to the original TMZ story on Johnson's jump with no additional comments.
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