DMX’s Lawyer Reveals Rapper's Rehab Progress

By Victoria Kim 09/22/17

The rapper's treatment is nearly completed but his lawyer thinks he should stay for another 30 days since he's doing so well.

DMX and his lawyer Murray Richman
DMX and his lawyer Murray Richman Photo via YouTube

After nearly a month in rehab, rapper DMX’s lawyer says he’s doing well and may even do another 30 days in treatment.

Lawyer Murray Richman told TMZ that the 46-year-old rapper (born Earl Simmons) is “back to being human again” and has even gained 40 pounds since he began living at a New Hampshire facility in late August.

DMX been doing so well that his lawyer says he should do another 30 days in treatment.

The rapper, famous for his hard and gravelly verses, ended up in rehab after violating the terms of bail in the midst of a million-dollar tax evasion case.

Simmons was arrested in July and charged with tax fraud. According to CNN Money, the rapper was accused of concocting a “multiyear scheme to hide millions in income from the IRS and skirt $1.7 million in existing tax liabilities.”

Federal prosecutors charged Simmons with 14 counts related to tax evasion—which, if he is convicted, could land him 44 years behind bars. At the time the rapper pleaded not guilty and was let go on $500,000 bond. 

But a month later, he was back in court to contend with the fact that he'd tested positive for cocaine “four times in less than four weeks,” as well as cannabis and opiates. But despite the flagrant violation of bail conditions, the judge ordered him to house arrest in lieu of jail.

At the time his lawyer Richman defended the rapper’s character despite his troubles: “Mr. Simmons is a decent human being. He’s caught up with a problem.”

The judge later lifted Simmons’ house arrest so he could enter a treatment program. Soon after, the rapper was spotted around New Hampshire, where he has been getting help for his drug issues.

Help may have come just in the nick of time. Last year, Simmons had to be revived with Narcan and CPR, prompting rumors that he had suffered a drug overdose. According to Fox News, a witness claimed they saw him consume a powdery substance before he collapsed in a Ramada Inn parking lot in Yonkers, New York.

Now that he’s finally regaining his health, his lawyer says his legal troubles have been put on the back burner. Richman told TMZ that they’ll resume dealing with the tax evasion case once DMX completes treatment.

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