O.D.B. Progresses In Treatment Program

On Thursday, the Wu-Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court with a representative of the Impact House drug treatment facility to request that the rapper start the second phase of the program.

Since his progress has been favorable, O.D.B.'s request was granted, and he will be receiving 12-hour supervised passes to leave the facility to do fellowship work.

Back in June, the controversial rapper, whose real name is Russell Jones, was sentenced to spend 180 days at the Pasadena, California, facility after pleading no contest to violating his probation in March (see "Ol' Dirty Bastard Sentenced To Drug Treatment").

O.D.B.'s probation violation stems from an incident back in January when he was kicked out of Impact House for allegedly getting drunk following a New York court appearance (see "O.D.B. Likely To Get Two Years Behind Bars, Prosecutor Says").

The rapper is due back in court on December 20 for another progress report.

Before that, the rapper will turn up on "The W," the next album from Wu-Tang Clan, which hits stores on November 21 (see "Wu-Tang Clan To Spell Out 'The W' In November").