DMX surrendered to a judge Monday (July 26) to begin serving a 90-day jail sentence for a 2002 reckless driving conviction.
Los Angeles City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said the 39-year-old turned himself in at a downtown courthouse. He said a judge ruled that DMX cannot be freed on electronic monitoring, work release or home detention.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was originally charged with drunken driving, but those charges were later dismissed. He has been repeatedly arrested and jailed in the past decade, recently serving a sentence in an Arizona jail for violating probation by failing a drug test. Court records show DMX was found in violation of his probation in January and was supposed to surrender in March. He didn’t appear in court and a judge revoked the rapper’s $100,000 bail.
A phone message left for attorney Anthony Alexander, who recently represented DMX in the case, was not immediately returned Monday.
On Monday, DMX’s manager told TMZ that the rapper is “focused” on taking care of his legal issues and hoping to move on with his life and music career. DMX recently performed with Lil Kim after his release from jail in Arizona and appeared on Swizz Beatz’s “Stop The Party (remix)” with Cam’ron, Ghostface and Busta Rhymes.
(Additional reporting by Mariel Concepcion, Billboard.com)