DMX Facing New Drug and Weapons Charges
Prosecutors slapped the rapper (real name: Earl Simmons) with additional drug and weapons charges on Friday, after he was busted at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport for allegedly getting into a brawl, the Associated Press reports.
He and an associate, Jackie Hudgins, were released on $15,000 bail apiece after the arrests Thursday night. But two additional charges were filed on Friday, including possession of a weapon and of a controlled substance.
Police say they found a billy club and crack cocaine in Simmons's black 1998 Ford Expedition after the incident, in which the 33-year-old rapper allegedly crashed his sport-utility vehicle through a parking lot gate. Simmons also is accused of threatening a driver in an adjacent parking lot, grabbing his seat-belt buckle and trying to pull him from the vehicle.
Simmons claims that the other driver cut him off. The rapper also allegedly had unauthorized flashing lights and a siren on the SUV, and faces charges of impersonating a federal agent.
In addition, Simmons is accused of criminal mischief, menacing, driving under the influence and endangering the welfare of a child, because the other driver's 13-year-old daughter was in the car at the time of the altercation. If convicted, Simmons faces up to seven years in prison, according to published reports.
Queens Assistant District Attorney Corrine Henderson told the Daily News that at the time of the arrest, Simmons was so high on something that "his pants had fallen down around his ankles and he didn't even notice," and that he tried to bait cops into a fight.
No word from DMX's camp on the charges.