DMX Attorney Denies Rape, Sodomy Charges

The lawyer for the chart-topping rapper says that not a word of the allegations is true.

The attorney for the chart-topping rapper DMX, who was arrested Wednesday for rape, sodomy and false imprisonment, has emphatically denied the charges, saying that not a word of the allegations is true.

"There's absolutely no basis in fact to any of the allegations set forth, from the very first word to the very last," attorney Murray Richman said Thursday (June 18).

The 27-year-old DMX, whose debut album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, hit #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and who has prior convictions for drugs and disorderly conduct, was released on bail Thursday (June 18) following his arrest on allegations that he raped and sodomized a 29-year-old woman in a South Bronx apartment at East 143rd Street at 4 a.m. Sunday.

The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, posted $10,000 bail in cash,

according to Gloria Cullen, a spokeswoman with the Bronx district

attorney's office. DMX is scheduled to appear in court Monday

for a routine pre-grand jury meeting, Cullen said.

The victim, who is said to be an exotic dancer, was taken to St. Luke's Hospital following the incident and was treated and released, police said.

DMX is known for his husky-voiced rapping style, which first gained wide

exposure on such songs as "24 Hours to Live" with rappers Mase and the Lox,

LL Cool J's "4, 3, 2, 1" and Ice Cube's "We Be Clubbin' Remix." It's Dark

and Hell Is Hot, which features the song "Fuckin' Wit' D" (RealAudio

excerpt), surprised many in the music industry when it came out of left

field to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart four weeks ago.

DMX was scheduled to headline the "Survival Of The Illest Tour" with Def

Jam labelmates Onyx and Def Squad at the Hampton University Convocation

Center in Hampton, Va., on the night that he was arrested. Instead, his spot was filled by veteran rapper LL Cool J.

Previously, DMX has been convicted on three separate occasions for

criminal mischief, unauthorized use of a vehicle and disorderly conduct in the late 1980s. In August 1994, he was convicted on charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Representatives for Def Jam could not be reached for comment by press time regarding the most recent arrest or the remainder of the tour.

DMX is scheduled to make his big-screen debut next fall in "Belly," the

first full-length film directed by hip-hop video director Hype Williams.

The movie, which also features rappers Nas, Method Man and T-Boz of TLC, is

an urban drama about two childhood friends who aspire to opposite

lifestyles while climbing their way up the rungs of organized crime. DMX

plays "Tommy," an ambitious street hustler, while Nas plays "Sincere," a

man trying to work within the law to live as a family man.

"I get to sell drugs, I get to kill people, I get to do it with girls, you

know, drive cars, wear flashy jewelry, I get to do it all," DMX said of his

role during an interview with SonicNet Music News on the day

after the alleged incident.

[There is no relationship between DMX, the hip-hop artist, and DMX (Digital Music Express), the subscription audio service owned by TCI Music, Inc., the parent of SonicNet, Inc.]