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DMX charged with violating plea deal

Rapper posts $500 bail, will return to court for hearing in October
/ Source: The Associated Press

Rapper DMX was charged Monday with violating the conditions of a plea deal approved after he drove through an airport parking gate last year while on drugs.

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, posted $500 bail at a hearing Monday. He is scheduled next in court on Oct. 11.

The rapper could face up to one year in jail if a judge determines two subsequent run-ins with authorities violated the conditions of his release.

Simmons pleaded guilty last December to reckless endangerment and admitted he was taking Valium when he smashed his sport utility vehicle into a gate at John F. Kennedy International Airport the previous June after telling a parking lot attendant he was a federal agent.

Simmons, 34, was sentenced to a conditional discharge, meaning further violations within a year could land him in jail. He also was fined, had his license suspended and was ordered to forfeit his SUV.

One week after that sentence, Simmons was charged with driving 104 mph near his Westchester County home. And on April 15, he was arrested after his car was involved in a three-car accident that injured two police officers driving in an unmarked car.

Simmons did not cause the injuries to the officers and had been on his way to the hospital to see his wife when the accident occurred, his attorney, Murray Richman, said Monday.

Simmons has sold over 15 million albums and has acted in films including "Never Die Alone," "Romeo Must Die" and "Cradle 2 the Grave." His sixth album is due to hit stores in October.