Simon Cowell was hospitalized on Aug. 8 following an electric bike accident in Malibu, California. While taking his bike for a test ride, Cowell fell to the ground and injured his back, which he later had surgery to treat.
“Simon had a fall from his bike on Saturday afternoon whilst testing his new electric bike in the courtyard at his house in Malibu with his family,” Cowell’s rep said in a statement. “He hurt his back and was taken to the hospital. He’s doing fine, he’s under observation and is in the best possible hands.” The rep also confirmed that Cowell had “broken his back” and that the surgery took place the same evening he’d been brought to the hospital.
Cowell is currently a judge and executive producer on America’s Got Talent. The NBC talent competition series has been at the center of controversy this year, with former judge Gabrielle Union filing a harassment complaint against the show’s producers and network back in June. In her complaint, Union alleged that NBC Entertainment Chairman Paul Telegdy threatened her about publicly speaking out against racism on set. NBC has called the accusation “categorically untrue.”