Hip Hop star, DMX jailed for evading tax


Hip hop act, Earl Simmons professionally known as DMX will spend the next one year behind the slammers, after he admitted to being guilty of evading taxes worth almost $2 million.  
The rapper despite trying to convince the trial judge, Jed Rakoff it wasn’t his fault, still got the sentence anyway, though not as long as the prosecutor who were pushing for up to five years wanted.
The embattled rapper just before the verdict want read out told the court: “I knew that taxes needed to be paid. I hired people but I didn’t follow up. I guess I really didn’t put too much concern into it.”
“I never went to the level of tax evasion where I’d sit down and plot . . . like a criminal in a comic book,” DMX said with tears almost dropping from his eyes.
In their sentencing papers, prosecutors urged Rakoff to “use this sentencing to send the message to this defendant and others, that star power does not entitle someone to a free pass, and individuals cannot shirk the duty to pay their fair share of taxes.”
However before being sentenced, DMX said he was sorry for having failed to pay taxes. His lawyer also played part of Simmons’ 1998 song “Slippin’” in the courtroom, describing difficulties he has faced.
“They put me in a situation forcing me to be a man/ When I was just learning to stand without a helping hand,” Simmons raps in the song.
The rapper has 15 children by multiple women. Before the tax charges, he had an arrest record including charges of animal cruelty, reckless driving, drug possession, weapons possession and probation violations. The rapper has also had several felony convictions, and served prison time in Arizona.
Along with his rap career, DMX has starred in movies like the 1998 crime drama “Belly,” the 2000 action movie “Romeo Must Die” and the 2003 heist film “Cradle 2 The Grave.”

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