Under A Watchful Eye
DMX is currently under house arrest after being indicted for 14 counts of tax evasion last month and failing multiple drug tests. If found guilty, the Rough Ryder leader could face up to 44 years in federal prison. Now it looks like a New York judge is giving him a reprieve to travel for work… under some certain conditions, of course.
In the early 2000’s, DMX, born Earl Simmons, was one of the most successful musical acts on the planet with hits like “Party Up (Up in Here)” and “Who We Be”. Since then he’s had a troubled history with the law and has been in and out of jail for drug possession, animal cruelty, weapons charges, identity fraud, and more. His latest run-in is by far the most serious the 45-year-old has ever faced.
Simmons’ lawyers appealed to the court to allow him to perform some high-profile shows in August and September, providing some much needed cash to help DMX pay for his extensive legal fees and massive family support (he allegedly has 15 children). The judge has agreed, but there won’t be any funny business for Dark Man X while on the road…
DMX’s Legal Troubles
As we reported
back in July, DMX has allegedly been dodging the IRS, off and on, since the year 2000 and currently owes 1.7 million dollars to the government. He spent years avoiding taxes by insisting on living a cash-only lifestyle, often using his business manager’s account and claiming far less than he was actually earning on his taxes. With the heyday of his career behind him and most of his royalties allocated towards child support, X relies on live performances and reality TV as his main sources of income.
While under house arrest, his cash flow has been completely suffocated. On top of all this, DMX continues to fail his drug tests. A big issue considering the welfare of his children.
X’s Lawyers Make A Deal
DMX’s lawyer, Murray Richman, wrote a letter to the NY judge handling the case asking for permission to break his house arrest for upcoming shows in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, and Atlanta. Despite strong opposition from his probation officer, they finally struck a deal to allow X to go on tour through September. This allows X to earn some much needed cash to help out with the uphill legal battle he faces down the line.
DMX has a long history with substance abuse and one of the big conditions of this deal is that he has to travel with a ‘sober coach.’ This person will be around the rapper 24 hours a day, making sure he doesn’t party too hard up in here (up in here). X has a history of alcohol and drug abuse and has been busted multiple times with marijuana, crack, cocaine, and prescription medication.