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DMX Pleads Not Guilty to Dodging $1.7M Tax Debt

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DMX performs in concert at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill on March 27, 2016 in New York City.

Rapper DMX has pleaded not guilty to charges he's been dodging the IRS.

The hip-hop star, whose real name is Earl Simmons, appeared Friday (July 14) in federal court in New York City after authorities accused him of owing $1.7 million in back taxes. He's to be released on $500,000 bond.

Prosecutors say Simmons stopped paying taxes in the early 2000s at the peak of his career, when he was making millions off of chart-topping songs, concert performances and movie roles.

Authorities say when the Internal Revenue Service tried to make him pay up, the 46-year-old Yonkers native began putting his paychecks in his managers' accounts and having them give him cash for his expenses.

His lawyers had no immediate comment Friday.