DMX is in trouble again.
DMX has been allowed off of house arrest provided that he checks himself into a rehab program. The rapper was put on house arrest after failing several drug tests. X was being tested in relation to the 14 counts of tax evasion, and he failed four times. In spite of this, X’s lawyer Murray Richman wanted him to be able to move freely. According to TMZ, a judge granted X freedom as long as he tries to get his substance abuse in check.
Richman said that X’s drug problem had become “impossible to manage.” In addition to getting DMX’s problems under control, the inpatient program allows X to travel without an ankle monitor. The other terms of his bail will remain in place. He will still need permission to leave New York state before he can do things like travel to shows.
An Ongoing Issue
DMX has proven that he has trouble following the conditions of his bail before. “The court has received a report from pretrial services indicating that the defendant may have violated the terms of his pretrial release in numerous respects,” Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff said in an order, calling the rapper in to discuss his bail and possibly sentence him to jail time.
At issue were the failed drug tests as well as an instance where DMX left the state without permission. “He went to St. Louis without getting permission from the pretrial services officer,” Richman told the New York Daily News at the time. “It was for a personal situation with regard to the lady he’s living with.”
Because of his violations, DMX was sentenced to house arrest. The original charges of tax evasion stem from a period where the rapper allegedly lived a cash-only lifestyle to avoid paying $1.7 million in taxes. While he is out on bail, his future is very much up in the air with these charges looming over his head.
In 2011 and 2012, the rapper reported his income as unknown even though he allegedly made $353,000 and $542,000 in those respective years. The next year he reported an income of $10,000 in spite of reportedly raking in a quarter of a million dollars. Now, the IRS wants their cut. Here’s hoping that Richman is as good at getting clients off of tax evasion as he is at pre-trial procedures and getting every bit of leniency for his clients.
What do you think?
What do you think? Should DMX be allowed to travel freely given that he’s violated so many of his bail conditions already? Is he getting preferential treatment because of his status as a famous rapper? Will he be able to get it together? What will happen to him if he doesn’t? Do you think DMX is going back to jail over these tax evasion charges? Do you think he knew that he was dodging the IRS or is he the center of a larger scam by his associates?
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