Rapper DMX ordered confined to home on tax fraud charges

Rapper DMX, left, leaves federal court in New York, Friday, July 14, 2017, with his attorney Murray Richman after pleading not guilty to tax evasion. Authorities say the hip hop star, whose real name is Earl Simmons, owes $1.7 million in back taxes. (AP Photo/Tom Hays)

NEW YORK (AP) — Rapper DMX has been ordered confined to his suburban New York City home by a judge who said he violated bail conditions on tax fraud charges.

Federal Judge Jed Rakoff (RAY’-kahf) also said Friday that the rapper must wear an electronic bracelet.

The judge says DMX repeatedly had tested positive for drugs including cocaine since his arrest last month and had a history of arrests. He also says DMX traveled at least twice without getting permission from authorities.

DMX hugged friends after his hearing. He says: “When God is for you, who can be against you?”

Prosecutors say DMX owes $1.7 million in taxes. He has pleaded not guilty.

His songs include the 2003 hit “X Gon’ Give it to Ya.”

His given name is Earl Simmons.

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