Rapper DMX was thrown in jail for failing a drug test while awaiting sentencing for failing to pay $1.7 million in federal taxes, according to the Associated Press.
Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff said in court, the hip-hop icon, also known as Earl Simmons, tested positive for cocaine,opioids, and oxycodone.
Rakoff said DMX failed to bring along a court-ordered “mobile drug counselor” when he went to St. Louis to perform on Jan. 20.
DMX has been sent to prison by a judge who says the rapper repeatedly lied to him when he promised to obey bail conditions.
“He in effect said, ‘Judge, trust me.’ That was a great, big lie, a repeated lie, as it turns out,” Rakoff said. “The court went to extraordinary lengths to accommodate his needs, and desires, and he in effect said, ‘Screw you.'”
Defense lawyer Murray Richman said his client, “was doing well until Jan. 16, when his 1-year-old child was taken ill.”
Richman says Simmons left a drug rehabilitation center in the Northeast to see his daughter in New York City, while the child was hospitalized for several days with a 104-degree fever..
According to the New York Post, before being escorted out of court, DMX removed a thick wad of cash from his pants pocket and handed it to one of two unidentified men who accompanied him to court.
Richman said a Saturday concert by DMX at the PlayStation Theater in Times Square would have to be canceled, along with two to three other shows a week planned through July.
DMX faces up to five years in prison when he’s sentenced for tax fraud in March.
Rakoff called DMX a genuine flight risk.
His $500,000 bond was revoked.
DMX's debut album "It's Dark and Hell is Hot' debuted 20 years ago and went 4x platinum.