A day after his arrest on a charge of attempted car theft at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, rapper/actor DMX faced even more serious charges of criminal possession of a weapon and possession of crack cocaine at his arraignment in Queens County Court.
According to reports by the Associated Press and the New York Daily News, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said that a billy club and rocks of crack were found in DMX’s SUV. DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) and the man who was arrested with him, Jackie Hudgins, were each released Friday on $15,000 bail. Though DMX was due to start a European tour over the weekend, the rapper’s label, Def Jam, tells EW.com that the tour has been canceled.
According to the criminal complaint, on Thursday night Simmons and Hudgins crashed through an exit gate at a JFK parking lot in DMX’s Ford Expedition, demanding to be let through because, the rapper told the parking attendant, he was a federal agent. (His car is equipped with lights and sirens.) Simmons and Hudgins pursued another car (DMX claimed in court that the driver, Sergey Priporin, had cut him off). Police said they found DMX attempting to pull Priporin out of the car, telling the driver that he was an FBI agent. (In court documents, Hudgins claimed he had tried to calm and restrain his friend, but to no avail.) Both men were charged with criminal possession of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance. DMX was also charged with criminal mischief, impersonation, menacing, driving under the influence, and endangering the welfare of a child – Priporin’s 13-year-old daughter, who was in her father’s car at the time.
The 33-year-old rapper, who has had previous run-ins with the law (in 1999, as part of a plea deal on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, disorderly conduct, and animal cruelty, he was ordered to make public service announcements for the Humane Society), could face seven years behind bars if convicted of all charges. DMX’s manager did not return EW.com’s request for comment by press time. His label, Def Jam, has so far declined to comment to EW.com on DMX’s legal travails, except to note that they’ve led to the cancellation of his European tour. The next court date for Simmons and Hudgins is July 23.