NEW YORK -- Police arrested hardcore rapper DMX Thursday for allegedly chasing a man into a building in Yonkers and punching him several times, according to officials.
DMX's lawyer said the rapper was defending his wife from an attack by the man, 27-year-old Norman Brown, according to the Daily News and New York television reports.
The arrest led police to discover that DMX is wanted for allegedly stabbing a man in Denver, officials said.
The platinum-selling hip-hopper, known for his aggressive, raw rapping style on songs such as "Get at Me Dog" (RealAudio excerpt), is wanted in Denver for allegedly participating in an April 28 stabbing after a show on the Hard Knock Life tour, according to reports. The blockbuster arena tour featured DMX along with rap stars Jay-Z, Redman and Method Man.
DMX's lawyer, Ian Niles, said the rapper had nothing to do with the Denver incident and had been unaware of a warrant for his arrest, according to reports.
In the New York case, the 28-year-old rapper, born Earl Simmons, was released from Westchester County Jail Friday on $105,000 bail.
He was arrested for third-degree assault at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in his
native Yonkers, according to police. DMX reportedly is accused of
punching Norman Brown, 27, who was sitting behind the wheel of a car.
He then allegedly chased Brown from the car into a nearby building and continued the attack. Brown was left with minor injuries, including cuts and bruises, according to reports.
The reports said DMX told the judge at his arraignment Friday evening that he would appear in Denver to answer the charges against him. "I have no reason to run," the Daily News quoted him as saying.
A Westchester County Jail official, who declined to be named, said the judge set bail at $5,000 for the Yonkers charge and $100,000 for the Denver warrant.
Niles, who also represents producer/rapper Deric "D-Dot" Angelettie,
also known as the Mad Rapper, could not be reached for comment Saturday
(May 15). Angelettie is facing charges of assaulting the then-editor of hip-hop magazine Blaze in the editor's office last year.
A Denver police public information officer did not return calls for comment by press time.
DMX was arrested for allegedly raping an exotic dancer last June in the Bronx, but charges were dropped two months later after DNA tests showed his DNA did not match that from semen found in the woman's apartment.
DMX’s two albums, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot and Flesh of My Flesh -- Blood of My Blood, both released last year, debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.