DMX is notorious for not showing up to interviews on time, but you'd think court would be another matter. A bench warrant will most likely be issued for the rapper (born Earl Simmons) Tuesday afternoon (August 12) in Phoenix, after he did not appear for a pretrial conference related to his drug case earlier in the day.
According to a press release issued by the Maricopa County Superior Court, in addition to the warrant, Commissioner Phemonia Miller raised the rapper's bond to $25,000 as a penalty for his failure to show. (The court actually posted video of today's proceedings.) The public defender representing DMX in the case, Charles Kozelka, declined to comment on why his client did not make it to court, but emphasized that early reports that the warrant had been issued were erroneous. After telling the court earlier in the day that he would provide documentation explaining why X had not been present, Kozelka said that he had until 4 p.m. PT Tuesday to deliver the documentation. If he did not make it to court by then, the warrant would be executed, the lawyer said.
DMX is charged with one count of marijuana possession and four counts of drug paraphernalia possession, in connection with a raid on his Arizona home in May.
A source close to DMX, who has worked with the rapper for nearly a decade, told MTV News that the rapper was not in court because he has checked into a rehabilitation facility, but Kozelka would not confirm those claims.
This would mark the second time this year that a warrant has been issued for DMX in Arizona as a result of his numerous legal entanglements in the state (in June, he was arrested for bond violation). The appearance was the first of what will be a string of court dates for DMX this month. He has another slated for August 19 for the case in which he is charged with seven counts of animal cruelty, two of drug paraphernalia possession and two of drug possession. He is also due in court on August 26 to face charges that he gave an Arizona clinic fake personal identification information after receiving treatment.
[This story originally published at 5:32 p.m. ET on 08.12.08]