DMX pleaded with a Westchester County judge to not throw him in jail for failing to pay thousands of dollars in child support

By Char Adams
October 29, 2015 01:50 PM
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DMX has found himself in hot water once again.

The rapper, whose legal name is Earl Simmons, was arrested at his New York home on Tuesday for allegedly failing to pay $10,000 in child support to his ex-wife, Tashera Simmons, for their four children, USA Today reports.

The arrest comes just one month after the rapper finished a more than two-month stint in a New York jail for failing to pay $400,000 in unpaid child support, the Associated Press reported.

The musician, 44, appeared in Westchester County Court on Tuesday and pleaded with judge Paul Marx to not throw him in jail, USA Today reports.

He said that he is working toward settling his many legal woes and vowed to appear at his next court date.

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It took some convincing, but eventually, Marx agreed to release the rapper without bail.

“I expect to see you back here on Nov. 18 to resolve this case in its totality,” Marx said. He told the rapper that if he doesn’t show up, “things will not go well for you.”

Reassuring the judge, Simmons said, “It’s not like I can hide.”

Simmons’ lawyer argued that if put in jail, the rapper would have to cancel numerous performance dates. Simmons added that rapping is he “only way I can make a living.”

Simmons was expected to be released Tuesday night and is set to appear in court on Nov. 18. Lawyers for Simmons and his ex-wife did not immediately respond to a request for comment from PEOPLE.

DMX, famous for hits like “Party Up” and “Where the Hood At,” has been arrested multiple times.

He was famously arrested in 2004 for allegedly trying to steal a car at New York’s Kennedy Airport and was cited in a criminal complaint earlier this year for an alleged robbery at a Newark gas station.