DMX Rape Hearing Postponed

DMX's hearing on rape and sodomy charges was rescheduled for Aug. 20.

Attorneys for DMX and the city of New York agreed Tuesday morning (Aug. 4) to reschedule a court date on rape charges against the rapper following reports that the DNA test results in the case are not yet complete.

And the reason for the delay?

"God knows -- maybe they're busy with the president's DNA," DMX's lawyer, Murray Richman, quipped Tuesday, referring to tests being conducted in the President Clinton-Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.

The DNA test -- in the DMX case -- is being conducted by the New York City medical examiner's office. A spokesperson for the examiner's office was not available for comment at press time.

DMX's hearing was rescheduled for Aug. 20, according to Steven Reed, a spokesman for Bronx, N.Y., District Attorney Bruce Birns.

Last month, Richman requested the lab work to help the court determine whether to follow through on charges that DMX, 27, raped and sodomized a woman in June. In addition to single counts of rape and sodomy, the rapper also was charged with three counts of sexual abuse and two counts of unlawful imprisonment. His accuser alleges that DMX pinned her to a bed with his knees during the alleged attack.

The attorney, who has consistently maintained his client's innocence, said

DMX declared himself not guilty on Tuesday (Aug. 4). "He said he is not guilty of these charges, and he said it loud and clear to the press and TV cameras,"

Richman said. [For more details, please refer to Aug. 3 DMX story (link to article).]

DNA, or deoxyribonucleic acid, is the chemical that transmits hereditary

characteristics from parents to children. The order in which DNA

building-blocks are linked varies from person to person, with the

probability of incorrectly matching a crime specimen with a suspect being

extremely low, in some cases less than one in a billion.

DMX -- whose debut album, It's Dark And Hell Is Hot, topped the

Billboard 200 albums chart during its first week of release in May -- is

officially charged with raping, sodomizing and falsely imprisoning a

29-year-old woman as she allegedly screamed for him to stop in a South

Bronx, N.Y., apartment during the early morning hours of June 13.