A rapper affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan is in an L.A. area hospital after allegedly attempting suicide by cutting off his penis and jumping from a second floor balcony.
Police said Andre Johnson, who performs under the name "Christ Bearer" with the Wu-Tang affiliated group Northstar, attempted the self-dismemberment early Wednesday morning at an apartment building in North Hollywood.
Cops arrived on the scene around 1 a.m. and saw Johnson lying on the sidewalk with critical injuries. Johnson, 40, was rushed by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, TMZ reports.
Details about what triggered the incident were not available, according to CNN.
Two members of Northstar who live in the same apartment building said Johnson cut off his penis and leaped without warning, according to Fox News. By the time they got downstairs he was running around screaming.
The musicians told TMZ they hadn't used "any hard drugs that would cause him to do such a thing."
Johnson jumped less than 24 hours after the release of "OOOH!", a new video with Rugged Monk as Black Knight.
Although Johnson has collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan producer and leader RZA, the band's website now has a statement seemingly denying any ties to Johnson without naming him, according to RawStory.com.
The statement reads: “Parental Advisory: Don’t Believe The HYPE. This Mother F*cker Ain’t Got Sh*t to do with The WUTANG Brand.”
UPDATE: April 17 -- The Wu-Tang Clan website has been taken down its post, which had appeared to show another rapper known as Andre Roxx, who has been misidentified in some reports as Johnson. The Wu-Tang site now includes a post that accurately identifies Johnson, although it does not explicitly identify him as one of the band's associates.