Rapper DMX jailed for failing to pay $400,000 in child support

The rapper has been sentenced to six months in jail in an upstate New York jail for the offences

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Rapper DMX has been sentenced to six months in prison for failing to pay $400,000 (£256,000) in child support.

DMX, real name Earl Simmons, 44, was arrested prior to a performance at New York’s Radio City Music Hall on 26 June, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office in Buffalo, upstate New York.

The rapper had been arrested for several “issues outstanding,” the Sheriff’s Office said, and was placed in the Erie County Holding centre yesterday.


In addition to the unpaid child support, the rapper had also been arrested for jumping bail and an accusation of robbery in Newark, New Jersey.

A 22-year-old man accused DMX and his entourage of robbing him at gunpoint and stealing $3,200 at a petrol station in New Jersey in April. No charges have been brought in relation to this case.

DMX later denied the accusations in an interview with TMZ: “I have no idea what it’s about. It’s not the first thing I’ve been accused of that I didn’t do.

Additional reporting by AP