DMX Allowed to Travel to Atlanta Under Watchful Eye of Sober Coach
DMX, who is currently under house arrest, has been allowed to travel for work. But there’s a catch -- he must be accompanied by a watchful sober coach.
According to New York Daily News, Manhattan Federal judge Jed Rakoff gave him permission to travel in order to perform scheduled shows in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Philadelphia and Los Angeles in August and September. However, X must be accompanied by 24-hour sober coach while he’s on tour and pay for the services.
DMX’s lawyer, Murray Richman, had floated the sober coach idea in previous court documents to address any concerns about the rapper falling off the wagon.
"We're ecstatic about the court's decision giving Mr. Simmons the opportunity to perform and continue his career," he said.
DMX is currently on house arrest after failing several drug tests while awaiting trial for his tax evasion case. The veteran rapper tested positive for cocaine four times in less than four weeks and also tested positive twice for marijuana and opiates in his system as well.
DMX is accused of knowingly withholding nearly $2 million in back taxes from the feds over a period of years. The former Ruff Ryder rapper is facing 44 years in prison if he gets convicted on his 14 tax evasion charges.