( 4UMF NEWS ) DMX Arrested Again:
Mount Vernon-born, Yonkers-bred rapper DMX, whose legal name is Earl Simmons, was arrested at his home in Westchester County on Tuesday on a July contempt of court charge for allegedly failing to pay $10,000 a month in child support to ex-wife Tashera Simmons and their four children.
The child support was ordered by Judge Paul Marx in 2014.
A warrant was issued for Simmons’ arrest on a contempt of court charge in July, according to the Westchester County Clerk’s office. County police confirmed they and Yonkers police arrested him at 10 a.m. Tuesday morning at a Yonkers residence.
Tuesday afternoon, Earl Simmons’ lawyer Jeffrey Chartier and Joseph Daniels, representing Tashera Simmons, appeared before Marx in Westchester County Court. After Marx read the charge, the three spoke at length before the judge. Marx then allowed Chartier to speak with Earl Simmons, who was being held at the courthouse, but had not been brought into the courtroom.
When the case resumed later, Earl Simmons, 44, entered the court.
The rapper remained attentive and sat with his hand under his chin during the court appearance as two officers stood behind him. Earl Simmons said he’s taken steps to settle his long-running legal troubles, and pledged to appear at his next court date.
“It’s not like I can hide,” Earl Simmons said, noting he performs at advertised shows.
Chartier said that Earl Simmons was “setting up events” for work that would be the “starting blocks” to “larger venues.” If the rapper remained in jail, he would have to cancel those performance dates and risk developing a bad reputation, Chartier said.
“All I have is my name and my reputation,” Earl Simmons said, adding that rapping at shows is the “only way I can make a living.”
Daniels asked that Marx impose some amount of bail Simmons in order to “secure his return.”
Marx was clearly torn, pausing for several moments before saying that he would “take a chance” and release the rapper without bail.
DMX’s next scheduled court appearance was set for Nov. 18.
“I expect to see you back here on Nov. 18 to resolve this case in its totality,” Marx said. If not, he warned, “things will not go well for you.”
At the end of the court appearance, Earl Simmons was handcuffed and led from the courtroom. He was expected to be released Tuesday night.
When asked if the rapper got the ruling he was looking for, his lawyer, Chartier said: “One-hundred percent.”
“His sole goal right now is to work and fulfill his obligations. And this gives him the best option to do so.”
DMX broke onto the scene in 1998 with albums It’s Dark and Hell is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood. He has released five more albums since, and has had a string of sometimes-bizarre legal troubles ranging from weapons charges to impersonating an FBI agent to possession of marijuana.
This year, the rapper has been accused of robbery at a Newark gas station after a performance; had a warrant issued for jumping bail in White Plains; and, in July, was sentenced to six months in a Buffalo jail for failing to pay $400,000 in child support payments. He was released in September.
Earl Simmons’ self-proclaimed “new management team” was also in the courtroom on Tuesday. Gilly DelGado, who said he was a manager for Simmons, said the rapper has plans to perform in New York City and Detroit, among others.
Yonell Allums, another of Earl Simmons’ managers, said the goal is “to him back on track where he was 10 years ago.”