- NEW YORK (AP) - The
devil made him do it, representatives for R&B singer Houston said in
a statement explaining how his eye was seriously gouged.
- Houston's publicist issued a statement Thursday night
denying reports he tried to take his life by jumping from a London hotel
window last week. The statement said Houston "found himself in the
midst of a spiritual battle against the evil that runs rampant in the entertainment
- Houston, whose 2004 single I Like That was used
in a McDonald's commercial, was found in his London hotel room with a serious
eye injury. He was briefly in hospital.
- "I went to check on him before going to bed and
I saw blood on the floor," Houston's bodyguard, Marco Powell, said
in the statement.
- "Houston was lying on his bed with a towel over
his face and I removed the towel to find his eye hanging out. He said he
had to get the devil off of his back and that's the only way he could kill
- Houston, whose full name is Houston Summers, is a Los
Angeles resident. He was raised strictly Christian and was "constantly
at odds with the temptations that come with success in the music business,"
the statement said.
- The incident prompted a statement from Bushwick Bill
of the rap group The Geto Boys. In 1991, a severely intoxicated Bushwick
forced his girlfriend to assist him in a suicide attempt. She shot him
in the eye but he miraculously survived.
- "Fame will make you crazy," Bushwick's statement
- "I want Houston to know that he is in my prayers
and that I will ask God to give him peace of mind and peace of heart and
I hope his eye heals as well as his mind and his emotions."
- Houston was recuperating Friday at his Los Angeles home.
The condition of his eye was not known.
- "I still love all my fans. Please pray for me and
know I'll be back with some more hits," Houston said.
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