DMX Chooses Jail Over Grammys

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Postby pinkGLAM » Sat Feb 17, 2001 3:43 am

And sooner or later there is jail.

Grammy nominee and wanted man DMX has put the word out that he will abide by a judge's order and surrender to begin serving a 15-day jail sentence in upstate New York sometime next week.

If DMX heads to the slammer as promised, it means he won't be attending next Wednesday's Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where's he's nominated for best rap album, ...And Then There Was X, and best rap solo performance for his hit single, 'Party Up.'

The hip-hopster's lawyer says his client will comply with the ruling as soon as he completes a prior commitment doing promotional work in Los Angeles for the movie Exit Wounds, in which he costars with Steven Seagal. (The film is due in theaters March 14.)

'Despite the unusually harsh and inappropriate sentence, he has every intention of honoring the court's mandate and plans to turn himself in immediately upon his return to the East Coast. As such the issuance of a bench warrant under these circumstances was clearly unnecessary,' says attorney Matt Middleton.

The Buffalo-based attorney for the rapper said the court was notified ahead of time of DMX's work schedule on the West Coast and pleaded for the court to grant an extension to turn himself in.

The Yonkers-born DMX, otherwise known as Earl Simmons, was sentenced last May after pleading guilty to a minor traffic violation and pot possession. However, his attorneys called the judge's 15-day jail sentence and $400 fine overly 'severe' and filed an appeal arguing that the court unfairly punished him because he was a celebrity.

His final appeal to reduce or stay the sentence--which would've kept him out of jail--was rejected by a federal judge last Thursday. A bench warrant was subsequently issued for DMX's arrest when he failed to show at the Alden County Jail in suburban Buffalo by last Friday's court-ordered deadline. (Authorities say DMX could spend fewer than 10 days behind bars if he behaves himself.)

His spokesman, Angelo Ellberbee, says DMX is doing the right thing by skipping the Grammys. 'This is the first year he is nominated in two categories,' the says, but 'he understands he's a person that is admired by millions and he wants to set the proper example.'

The Erie County District Attorney's office had no comment on the rapper's pronouncement.



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