A rough time for the Ruff Ryder
Tuesday morning, rapper DMX was reportedly late for an emergency hearing at Manhattan Federal Court concerning a probation violation. He allegedly tested positive for opiates, cocaine, and oxycodone, according to TMZ. The court hearing was postponed from 11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. When it was supposed to start, DMX’s attorney Murray Richman reported that he was somewhere on the West Side Highway. “I’d like to tell you I have total control of his movements, but I don’t,” he told the judge.
X was taken into custody after the hearing, wearing a white t-shirt with a smiley face and a peace sign. It’s said that he will likely remain in custody until his sentencing on March 28. Richman made a statement saying that he is “saddened and disappointed. [They’ll] have to deal with it accordingly.” He also said that he will try to get his DMX back into a rehab program.
Tax Fraud Ordeal
This ordeal rides on the coattails of his tax evasion case, in which DMX pleaded guilty to evading $1.7 million in federal tax liabilities from 2010 through 2016. If convicted on all of the 14 counts brought to him, he could potentially sit for 44 years in federal prison.
The star was originally been on house arrest after posting bail for $500,000, but said that house arrest was not working for him. The judge approved of breaking the house arrest to allow him to enter a drug rehab program in New England. X reported to be working on music while in treatment, saying “My pen is still to the paper and I’m in Beast Mode.” Still, X had to wear a GPS ankle monitor.
DMX gained a little more leeway back in December, when the judge granted him permission to travel in order to do shows. This was under the condition that X travel with a rehab counselor and get drug tested while on tour. DMX was apparently released multiple times to do shows, and had a good track record when it came to clean drug tests.
Trouble started brewing once DMX left his drug treatment program around Jan. 16 in order to tend to his 1-year-old boy who had become extremely ill. During this period, DMX apparently relapsed. Shortly after, DMX started breaking the rules of his probation. He stopped traveling with a drug counselor and had shows lined up in Washington D.C. and Philadelphia without court records reflecting the proper authorization.
His D.C. show was apparently cancelled two hours before it was scheduled to start, and his Philly show started four hours late with a performance that lasted only 45 minutes.
Another piece of evidence that worked against DMX was a video shot in what in a St. Louis Airport bar. In the video, he is seen preaching his religious beliefs in good spirits, but potentially under the influence. Nearly-empty glasses can be seen in front of X, but it does not show him drinking, which would be another probation violation if he had. Watch the video below.
Past Drug Problems
These instances are not the first of DMX’s drug problems. In 1998, he released the song “Slippin’” which discusses his problems with drug abuse. He also did an interview on the Oprah Winfrey Network. He said:
“I will always have a drug problem. Just because you stop getting high, doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem, because it’s a constant fight every day.”
More recently, in February 2016, DMX was found collapsed outside of Ramada Inn in Yonkers, New York. Paramedics injected him with Narcan — a medication used to reverse the effects of an opioid overdose — and was rushed to the hospital after he regained consciousness.
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