Earl Simmons known as the popular Rapper DMX returned to federal court in Manhattan on Friday. He arrived 30 minutes late to account for allegedly violating his terms of bail.
Per the conditions of his bail release, DMX could not leave the state without the court’s permission. In addition, the Judge ordered “NO drugs.” DMX may have allegedly violated those conditions, according to media sources.
The Judge wasn’t too happy. However, DMX will not return to jail while awaiting his trial on tax evasion.
Per TMZ, the rapper and his attorney, Murray Richman, showed up at the courtroom Friday morning in NYC and the judge gave him an earful… Notably, DMX failed 4 drug tests for marijuana and cocaine. DMX has to wear an ankle bracelet while on house arrest.
Prosecutors charged Simmons with a scheme to hide income and avoid paying $1.7 million in tax liabilities. He faces 14 counts, including tax evasion, failure to file a tax return, and corruptly trying to obstruct and impede the IRS. He could face a prison sentence of up to 40 years if he is convicted of those charges.
DMX, was released on bail that included a $500,000 bond secured by $50,000 cash, signed by two financially responsible guarantors, per Newsday.
DMX has had his fair share of legal issues. Last year, during a Reunion Tour with Ruff Ryders, he checked into Rehab. DMX’s criminal record includes possession of marijuana, driving with a suspended license, animal cruelty, disorderly conduct, cocaine possession and criminal possession of a weapon, just to name a few.
DMX, most memorable jail time was spent in Arizona’s prison with Sheriff Joe Arpaio. DMX had to wear pink clothing while in Arizona’s prison.
DMX’s Drug Addiction:
In an interview with Dr. Phil, the embattled rapper opened up about his longtime battle with drug addiction, his erratic behavior, and headline-making arrests. Famously known to help celebrities, DMX also met with Iyanla, who tried to help him understand he was an ‘addict’ and needed help.
According to the interview with Dr. Phil, DMX says he was introduced to drugs when he was about 8 years old, when a family member gave him marijuana. At age 14, he says he smoked a blunt that he later found out had been laced with cocaine. “That’s when it started,” he recalls of his addiction. “It was something that drew me in, and trapped me, and just had a hold on me for a long, long time.” The rapper confesses that he still smokes marijuana “every once in a while,” but he claims he hasn’t been high in “more than a year.”
I’m always going to be an addict. I’m going to be an addict until I die,” he says, adding, “It doesn’t mean I have to get high.” He says he didn’t realize he had a drug problem until about age 19 or 20.
When asked if he loves himself, the rapper responds, “It took me a long time to get there, but yes, now I do love myself.” Dr. Phil asks what he had to overcome to get to that point in his life, and the rapper replies, “Blaming myself for a lot of things that I had no control over; accepting responsibility for the things that I do have control over, and being willing to make adjustments.”
In February 2016, DMX was found unresponsive in a Yonkers Ramada Inn. His Attorney spent six hours in a hospital emergency room by his side. The press reported it was an overdose, however, his attorney said it was a pre-existing medical condition. Whatever the reason was, the near-death experience should have changed his life.
DMX has had a successful rap career and was recently on tour with Badboys. Richman will represent him during his tax evasion trial. He is the father of approximately 11 children and now divorced from his childhood sweetheart, Tashera Simmons.