DMX fails drug test, placed on house arrest

Rapper DMX left leaves federal court in New York with his attorney Murray Richman after pleading not guilty to tax evasion. DMX was ordered confined to his suburban New York City home Friday Aug. 11 by a judge

DMX May Face Prison Time Over Recent St. Louis Trip

According to TMZ, the "X Gon' Give It To Ya" rapper reportedly showed up 30 minutes late to his bail bond hearing, and failed four drug tests, but the judge made a decision to show some mercy.

E! News reports that DMX (real name Earl Simmons) is now under house arrest.

The judge could easily have thrown the rapper in jail, but showed him mercy by putting him on house arrest. The 46-year-old rapper appeared in court alongside his lawyer Murray Richman Friday (Aug. 11), but was more than 30 minutes late to the hearing, according to TMZ.

As a result of these violations, DMX has been placed on house arrest. The "Party Up" rapper is now out on bail on charges of tax evasion - to the tune of $1.7 million, according to the IRS - for which he first appeared in court on July 14. Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff claimed he received a report indicating that X "may have violated the terms of his pretrial release in numerous respects" after being jailed and released following his being charged for withholding $1.7 million from the IRS.

He also violated the requirement that he refrain from leaving the state without court permission when he flew to St. Louis for a family matter.

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