Rapper DMX faces 60 days in prison after he pleaded guilty yesterday (Oct. 25) in New York to violating the conditions of his release following a car crash last year at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The rapper is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 17.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded guilty last December to reckless endangerment and acknowledged he was taking Valium when he smashed his sport utility vehicle into a gate at Kennedy Airport in June 2004, after telling a parking lot attendant he was a federal agent.
Simmons was sentenced to a conditional discharge, meaning further violations within a year could land him in jail. He also was fined and ordered to forfeit his 1998 Ford Expedition.
Since then, the rapper has been cited twice for traffic violations, once involving driving a car at 104 mph near his Westchester County home one week after his last sentencing. In April, he was involved in an accident in the Bronx with two other vehicles, one of which was an unmarked police car.
Yesterday, he admitted to Judge Dorothy Chin-Brandt that he had committed the two violations while his driver’s license was either suspended or revoked, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.
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