Troubled rapper DMX got locked up Tuesday for failing a drug test while awaiting sentencing for dodging $1.7 million in federal taxes.
The hip-hop icon tested positive for cocaine, and opioids including oxycodone, Manhattan federal Judge Jed Rakoff said in court before revoking his $500,000 bond.
Rakoff also said the “Party Up” performer failed to bring along a court-ordered “mobile drug counselor” when he went to St. Louis to perform on Jan. 20.
“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, whose real name is Earl Simmons, “was doing well until Jan. 16, when his 1-year-old child was taken ill.”
Richman said DMX fell off the wagon while the boy — the youngest of his 15 kids with several women — was hospitalized for several days with a 104-degree fever.
Before being hauled out of court, DMX removed a thick wad of cash — topped with a $100 bill — from his pants pocket and handed it to one of two unidentified men who accompanied him to court. A bunch of coins fell to the floor when DMX pulled out the currency, but he didn’t bother picking them up.
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 the slammer when he’s sentenced for tax fraud in March.