Assault Charge Keeps DMX Behind Bars

Incarcerated rapper DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) was accused of assaulting two corrections officers yesterday (March 6) after learning bad behavior would keep him behind bars for several more days, a

Incarcerated rapper DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) was accused of assaulting two corrections officers yesterday (March 6) after learning bad behavior would keep him behind bars for several more days, according to authorities in Buffalo, N.Y.

Simmons was scheduled to be freed from the Erie County Correctional Facility yesterday after serving 10 days of a 15-day sentence for driving without a license. But in the morning, a prison Discipline Committee revoked Simmons' "good time" credit, resulting in a new release date of Friday (March 9).

With a stretch limousine waiting for him outside the jail, the Grammy-nominated artist allegedly threw a food tray while being escorted back to his cell, Erie County Sheriff's deputies said. One of two officers struck reported bruising.

Simmons was later arraigned on a charge of felony assault of a corrections officer and ordered to return to Alden (N.Y.) Town Court on March 27. "He vehemently denies assaulting anyone," Simmons' attorney, Paul Cambria said.

Prison Superintendent H. McCarthy Gipson said Simmons had been written up for disciplinary problems four times since entering the facility.

In addition to the March 27 court date in Alden, Simmons has a March 14 hearing in nearby Cheektowaga Town Court to answer a contempt-of-court charge for failing to meet a court-imposed Feb. 9 deadline to surrender to begin serving time on the driving charge.

The rapper was initially arrested last March after being pulled over for speeding in the Buffalo suburb of Cheektowaga about three hours after a Buffalo concert. Police later found marijuana in the vehicle. Simmons pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving without a license. It was his fifth unlicensed driving citation since 1998.

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