DMX Could Face Eight Years In Prison After Alleged Assault On Guard

Rapper reportedly threw food tray at guard in Arizona prison.

Troubled rapper DMX may have put a damper on his plans to become a pastor upon his release from prison. According to The Associated Press, X (born Earl Simmons), is facing an additional eight years in jail after he allegedly threw a tray of food at a Maricopa County detention officer. The incident resulted in X being booked on felony aggravated assault charges on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old rapper, who is serving a 90-day jail sentence after pleading guilty on December 30 to felony charges of theft, drug possession and a misdemeanor animal-cruelty charge, reportedly became upset on Sunday when he was told he couldn't have a meal he took from a serving tray. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said DMX threw the tray at an officer, who was not injured in the incident. Though he didn't physically strike the guard, the act meets the jail's definition of assault.

X was already on a bread-and-water diet after being punished for an earlier rules violation at the jail on February 8. The Arizona Republic reported that earlier this month, X refused to report for a work assignment and didn't respond to calls for his medication later in the day. When he reportedly became agitated later in the day after not receiving his medication, a supervisor attempted to intervene and was said to be the subject of a "profanity-laced tirade" from the rapper. Thereafter, X was placed in lockdown.

The Phoenix New Times reported that once in lockdown, inmates don't get normal jail food but something called "Nutra-loaf," a "gross slab of mystery food." According to the paper, when an officer went to pass out the evening meal on Sunday, X allegedly grabbed a meal that wasn't his. When the officer told him to hand back the food, DMX reportedly responded by throwing the tray and yelling, 'F--- you!' "

In addition to 90 days in prison, DMX was sentenced in late January to serve 18 months of supervised probation, but a conviction on the new assault charge could jeopardize the terms of his probation and add a significant amount of additional jail time.

According to TMZ, DMX released a statement on Wednesday, in which he wrote, "Many of you know me as DMX, but right now I am speaking to you as Earl Simmons. Just a man trying to serve my time peacefully in order to put all this behind me, so I can carry on with my normal life. The truth of the matter is, in the eyes of many, I am not just a normal man but rather a celebrity, which can be a blessing and a [curse]. Since I have begun to serve my sentence, I have not been given any special treatment but it has actually been the opposite. For the record, I want to state 'I Did Not' physically touch or hit an officer. This is just another attempt to destroy my credibility."

DMX's lawyer could not be reached for comment at press time.