DMX reportedly went for a trip to see his family outside of New York State, which violates terms of his bail. As part of his conditions, he must notify a judge if he plans to go out of state, something he allegedly didn’t do this time. DMX’s attorney Murray Richman told TMZ he simply “forgot.” Richman says it’s unusual for the “X Gon’ Give It To Ya” rapper not to notify his probation officer of his travel plans. He believes the judge might put stricter conditions on DMX and require an ankle bracelet, but Richman is reportedly ready to push against it. U.S District Attorney Spokesman, Nicholas Biase said DMX is to appear in court later this week. He was arrested in July and faced 14 counts of evading over $1 million in federal taxes.
The original version of this article was published on July 18:
After walking out of a Manhattan courthouse on July 17, DMX (Earl Simmons) dropped a random freestyle about his trouble with the IRS when approached by reporters. During his verse, DMX names his lawyer Murray Richman and seems confident he’ll beat the 14 counts of tax evasion he’s facing. “We don’t worry with Murray, he get you outta jail in a hurry/When the government trying to bury you, you good—early,” he spits. According to Page Six, he added, “With Murray on the case, we’re optimistic, that’s all I’m saying.” He also described Richman as a father figure, prompting the attorney to joke that being Simmons’ dad was “a bitch.”
Although Richman reportedly declined to discuss the case after the hearing, he says DMX plans to hire a larger legal team, including tax accountants and lawyers who specialize in tax law. On the other hand, DMX spoke freely with reporters and described his night at the Manhattan Correctional Center after he turned himself on July 13. He said the people were nice, but the food — a baloney and cheese sandwich he referred to as the “bullpen sandwich” — was “disgusting.” Late last week, DMX was arrested for allegedly cheating the IRS out of $1.7 million. He was freed after posting $500,000 bail. If convicted, he could end up in prison for around 40 years.