DMX stood demurely, his hands clasped behind his back, as a New York judge adjourned his case for allegedly violating the conditions of his release following a car crash last year at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
The 34-year-old rapper showed up for court yesterday (Oct. 11) wearing cream-colored sweat pants and jacket, work boots and heavy silver chains around his neck and wrist. He didn’t speak as Judge Dorothy Chin-Brandt granted a defense request to adjourn the case to Oct. 25.
But outside court, chewing gum and perpetually moving and jumping, DMX told reporters “they are all ludicrous,” when asked about the charges against him. “It’s been very stressful,” he said. “Nobody likes to come to court.”
He hammed it up for the media, doing a dance down the steps of the Queens Criminal Court building.
DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, pleaded guilty last December to smashing into a gate with his vehicle at Kennedy Airport in June 2004 after telling a parking lot attendant he was a federal agent. The rapper has admitted to being on Valium at the time.
He was sentenced to a conditional discharge, meaning further violations within a year could land him in jail. Since then, he has been cited twice for traffic violations, including driving a car at 104 mph near his Mount Kisco home.
He doesn’t refer in his music to being arrested, Simmons said, but added that it “puts me in a frame of mind, it evokes certain emotions that help me create.”
His lawyer, Murray Richman, said he was in discussions with the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown about the case. Brown’s spokesperson said, “The district attorney is trying to work out an agreement because [Simmons] is in violation of his conditional discharge.”
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