For the second time in less than a month, fugitive Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty
Bastard has missed a Virginia Beach, Va., court hearing on charges that he
shoplifted a pair of sneakers in July.
A representative from the General District Court of Virginia Beach, who asked
not to be named, said that ODB (born Russell Jones) did not appear for a
Tuesday (Aug. 11) hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. "He missed his plane," the
The hearing was adjourned until Thursday.
Attorneys for the 29-year-old rapper, who also goes by the names Osirus and
Big Baby Jesus, were not immediately available for comment.
Three weeks ago, Judge R.L. Simpson ordered that an arrest warrant be issued
for ODB after he failed to appear at a July 28 hearing on the theft charge. At the
time, the rapper was in California performing on a since-completed solo tour.
He was not arrested on the warrant.
The ever-unpredictable ODB is accused of shoplifting a pair of $50, size 11
Nikes from a Sneaker Stadium store on July 4. If convicted of the misdemeanor
offense, he could receive a maximum fine of $2,500 and/or a year in prison.
Tuesday's courtroom absence was just the latest in a series of misfortunes and
missteps for ODB. In June, police said the rapper was shot in the back and arm
during a Brooklyn, N.Y., robbery. An ongoing investigation in that incident has
produced no suspects. Several weeks later, ODB's Range Rover was reportedly
stolen from outside a Manhattan, N.Y., recording studio.