DMX Addresses Jail Assault Allegations
One day after news broke of him assaulting a corrections officer, rapper DMX has released a statement in his defense. According to X, the media is to blame for portraying him as a violent individual.
"Many of you know me as DMX but right now I am speaking to you as Earl Simmons. Just a man trying to serve my time peacefully in order to put all this behind me, so I can carry on with my normal life," he said in a statement posted on TMZ.
"The truth of the matter is, in the eyes of many, I am not just a normal man but rather a celebrity, which can be a blessing and a [curse]. Since I have begun to serve my sentence, I have not been given any special treatment but it has actually been the opposite. For the record, I want to state 'I Did Not' physically touch or hit an officer. This is just another attempt to destroy my credibility."
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Sheriff Joe Arpaio disputed the rapper's claims and insists that X was violent towards the corrections officer. The troubled rapper has been under 23-hour-a-day lockdown for more than three weeks, and has only been allowed bread and water as a punishment. Arpaio said X became agitated after he was told he could not have the meal he took from a serving tray. When the officer told him he couldn't have the food, X allegedly threw the tray at him and screamed "F--- you!"
X has been re-booked on felony aggravated assault charges. The 38-year-old is currently serving a 90-day sentence with 18 months of probation. If convicted his probation may be revoked and he face eight years in prison.