Rapper DMX has been placed on house arrest at his home in New York City’s suburbs after failing four drug tests, according to TMZ.
TMZ reported Friday that DMX tested positive for cocaine and marijuana despite drugs being prohibited as part of his bail conditions for an unrelated tax evasion case.
DMX also purportedly violated another restriction by leaving New York without court permission to handle some family issues in St. Louis.
The musician additionally arrived 30 minutes late to Friday’s bail bond hearing in New York City alongside his attorney Murray Richman.
Some Twitter users on Friday criticized DMZ for seemingly ignoring Federal Judge Jed Rakoff’s rules for his case.
NBC Washington reported Friday that Rakoff ordered DMX to wear an electronic bracelet as part of his house arrest.
Rakoff reportedly said the drug tests occurred after DMX’s arrest last month, which was the latest in a series of arrests for the rapper.
The judge added that DMX purportedly traveled at least twice without receiving permission from authorities.
“When God is for you, who be against you?” DMX asked after Friday’s hearing while hugging several of his friends.
TMZ reported that Rakoff could have jailed DMX for violating his bail condition, meaning house arrest is the more lenient sentence available.
Rakoff reportedly warned DMX against ignoring that penalty, however, noting that the rapper can no longer even mow his own lawn.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) last month charged DMX with 14 counts of tax evasion, leading him to surrender to law enforcement officials shortly thereafter.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York City said that DMX owes the IRS approximately $1.7 million after obscuring his income for several years.
DMX allegedly concealed his wealth by subsisting mainly on cash and using his surrogates’ bank accounts rather than his own personal version.
The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, faces up to 44 years in federal prison should he get convicted on all 14 counts.