New Jersey music fans may be interested to learn that rapper DMX was arrested on Oct. 27 for allegedly falling behind on child support payments to his ex-wife. He was taken into custody at his home in Yonkers, New York. In 2014, a judge ordered DMX, whose legal name is Earl Simmons, to pay $10,000 a month in child support to his ex-wife and their four children. A contempt of court warrant was issued in July after he failed to make the payments.
At an Oct. 27 hearing, lawyers for Simmons said that the rapper was “setting up events” for work that could lead to bigger shows. They said if he was not released from jail, the shows would have to be canceled, endangering his only way of making a living. The judge agreed to release himwithout bail. He is scheduled to return to court on Nov. 18, and the judge warned that “things will not go well” for Simmons if he fails to show up.
Simmons, who broke onto the rap scene in 1998, has been no stranger to the courts. He was accused of robbing a New Jersey gas station in April and, in July, was sentenced to six months in jail for skipping out on $400,000 in child support payments. He has also faced weapons and marijuana possession charges in recent years.
Failure to pay child support can lead to harsh consequences, including incarceration. A parent who is having difficulty meeting a court-ordered child support payment agreement because of an unforeseen financial downturn may wish to consult with an attorney to determine whether it would be advisable to petition the court for a modification of the order.
Source: USA Today, “Rapper DMX arrested for failure to pay child support,” Matt Coyne, Oct. 28, 2015