Police Say Fall, Not Car Accident, Injured Erick Sermon

Rapper in stable condition after suffering head trauma.

Erick Sermon, who was hospitalized last week because of what his label said was a car accident, actually plunged from the third-story window of a New Jersey woman's apartment, police said Tuesday.

According to police, the 32-year-old rapper/producer was visiting a woman on Paterson, New Jersey's Mill Street on September 25, and at some point he was left alone in the apartment. When the woman returned, police said, she saw an open window and looked out to see Sermon laid out in the parking lot below.

A police spokesperson said there was no evidence of criminal activity in the apartment and that the information they've received points to a suicide attempt. Paterson police said that although he's in an intensive care unit in stable condition, Sermon was unable to be interviewed. The hospital would not discuss the extent of Sermon's injuries, but police said he had suffered head trauma.

The J Records representative who last week provided the car accident report (see "Erick Sermon In Stable Condition After Car Accident") was unavailable for comment, but the label issued a statement on Wednesday (October 3), saying, "We can confirm that Erick Sermon was indeed in an accident, but in no way, shape or form should it be made to appear as a suicide attempt. The idea of that is damaging to him as a vital artist and ludicrous to all of us who know him. Quite the contrary, Erick is in great spirits."

Sermon's manager, Bernard Alexander, issued his own statement, saying, "As his manager and a personal friend for over 20 years, I must go on record to say that the idea of a suicide attempt is completely ridiculous, and it is just plain wrong to report it in this manner."

(This story was updated at 8:46 p.m. ET Wednesday, October 3, 2001.)