The always-unpredictable rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard now has three warrants out for his
And, according to court officials, he's in deeper trouble than ever.
With his most recent failure to appear on Thursday (Aug. 13), the iconoclastic ODB has
quadrupled the potential punishment related to the initial July 4 incident, in which he is
accused of shoplifting a $50 pair of Nike shoes from a Sneaker Stadium store.
The shoplifting misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of a $2,500 fine and/or a year
in prison. Each of the three failure-to-appear warrants carries the same punishment as the original shoplifting
Virginia Beach [Va.] General District Court Judge Robert L. Simpson waited a half-hour
for Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard to appear in his courtroom Thursday.
At 11:30 a.m., he decided to move onto other business. When, three hours later, the
rapper had still not shown up for his hearing, Simpson decided to throw the book at the
delinquent MC. Simpson issued three arrest warrants for ODB: one for each of his
failures to appear in the misdemeanor case, according to Anita Smith, deputy clerk of the
"If he's anywhere in Virginia, we'll arrest him," Smith said. "But it's not cost-effective to
extradite anyone on misdemeanor charges."
ODB's New York attorney, Peter Frankel, said he could not comment on the case, other
than to say that the rapper was experiencing travel problems in getting from New York to
Virginia -- the same excuse his Virginia attorney, Wilhelm den Hartog, offered Simpson
when ODB missed his second hearing on Tuesday.
The Virginia attorney did show up for Thursday's hearing, but did not return phone calls
by press time.
When the 29-year-old ODB (born Russell Jones, a.k.a. Osirus, a.k.a. Big Baby Jesus) first
skipped court on July 28 because of conflicting tour dates, Simpson issued a citation for
the rapper's arrest. On Thursday, he withdrew the original citation and replaced it with
three "contempt of court, failure to appear" warrants, each of which bears a stiffer penalty
than the citation.
Had he shown up on Thursday, the rapper could have been arrested for the original
missed date. The case is now on hold until ODB is served with papers for the new
warrants, Smith said.
In recent weeks, the unpredictable ODB has been in and out of news headlines.
In June, he was shot in the back and arm during a Brooklyn, N.Y., robbery, according to
police, who still have produced no suspects in the case. Just days later, he was arrested
on the shoplifting charge. Several weeks after that, ODB claimed his Range Rover had
been stolen from outside a Manhattan, N.Y., recording studio.