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DMX Is Back In Prison

The rapper is back in prison for failing a drug test. His lawyer said the drug was used as a coping mechanism because his daughter was hospitalized. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

DMX is back in prison. According to ABC 7 (per the Associated Press), the rapper was incarcerated for failing to obey his bail conditions and for testing positive on a drug test.

According to the judge, DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) tested positive last week for cocaine, opiates and Oxycodone. The judge ordered the Grammy-winner to be incarcerated and cited that he's a flight risk.

The rapper's lawyer, Murray Richman, says that Simmons' daughter was hospitalized and the drug use was a coping mechanism. Richman says that the 4-year-old daughter was hospitalized for several days this month and had a 104-degree fever.

The 47-year-old is also facing sentencing for tax evasion, which is slated for March. He was arrested and charged in July and faced up to 44 years in prison. According to an indictment, the rapper was charged with tax evasion, evasion of assessment of income tax liability, corruptly endeavoring to obstruct administration of IRS laws and the failure to file a U.S. individual income tax return. "While earning millions from hits like 'X Gon' Give it to Ya,' DMX didn't give any of it to the IRS," Joon Kim, the acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, said on Twitter.

Authorities alleged that his 2013 bankruptcy filings were also inaccurate.

Back in December, Simmons pled guilty to evading his taxes to the tune of $1.7 million. In court, the rapper blamed "people in charge of me" for the tax fraud, which occurred from 2010 to 2015. During this time, the rapper didn't file any tax returns. "I'm responsible... I failed to file taxes," he admitted in court.

Prosecutors allege that Simmons also evaded taxes by asking for appearance payments to be given to him without taxes withheld. They cited that he refused to appear on Celebrity Couples Therapy  "until a properly issued check he was issued was reissued without withholding any taxes." The prosecutors added that the rapper lived what they deemed a "cash lifestyle" and even deposited money into the bank accounts of managers to show a lower income.

In the tax evasion case, Simmons faces up to five years in prison. He is scheduled to be sentenced on March 29.

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