DMX Gets House Arrest After Failing Multiple Drug Tests

By Bryan Le 08/14/17

Despite testing positive four times in four weeks for cocaine while out on bail, the rapper didn’t get put behind bars.

rapper DMX

Rapper DMX egregiously violated the terms of his bail after testing positive for cocaine four times in four weeks, in addition to having been caught with marijuana and opiates in his system.

While Judge Jed Rakoff was angry with DMX, whose birth name is Earl Simmons, he decided to put an ankle monitor on the "Party Up (Up In Here)" rapper to detain him at home rather than throw him in jail.

“He does have a rap sheet that does suggest more than a passing acquaintance with illegal drugs and more than a passing acquaintance with hand guns,” Rakoff said. “I’m going to not detain him in jail, although a very strong argument could be made for detaining him in jail.” The judge mentioned that he believed too many people are jailed before trial.

This was even after DMX showed up late to his bail hearing dressed in a tie-dye Def Leppard t-shirt. The rapper was out on $500,000 bond with a not-guilty plea for evading $1.7 million in income taxes.

DMX’s lawyer, Murray Richman, argued in court that the “X Gon Give It To Ya” rapper's problems stemmed from substance use issues. “Mr. Simmons is a decent human being,” Richman said. “He’s caught up with a problem.”

Judge Rakoff didn’t buy the excuse. “It sounds like total self-denial,” he said, adding that he knew well of Richman’s reputation for helping hip hop stars and members of organized crime walk, according to the New York Daily News. “The lesson he seems to have learned over the last few weeks… Murray Richman will always get him off.”

Despite the judge's dismissal of the rapper's struggle with substance use, there's plenty of evidence to validate his lawyer's claim. In early 2016, DMX reportedly almost died from an overdose in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn. A witness claimed that the rapper consumed a white powdery substance before collapsing to the ground. Responding officers were able to save his life by administering Narcan, a nasal spray that can reverse opioid overdoses.

The incident was not an isolated one, having come after a string of drug-related troubles, including being caught in possession of drugs multiple times and a DUI.

Please read our comment policy. - The Fix

Bryan Le grew up in the 90's, so the Internet is practically his third parent. This combined with a love for journalism led him to The Fix. When he isn't fulfilling his duties as Editorial Coordinator, he's obsessing over fancy keyboards he can't justify buying. Find Bryan on LinkedIn or Twitter