DMX granted travel permission

17th Jul 17 | Entertainment News

Embattled rapper DMX has been granted permission to travel outside of his native New York for work commitments following his arrest on tax evasion charges.

The troubled Party Up (Up in Here) star, real name Earl Simmons, was slapped with 14 felony charges last week (ends14Jul17) amid allegations he has failed to pay $1.7 million (£1.3 million) in tax liabilities to officials at America's Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

He pleaded not guilty to the counts during a hearing on Friday (14Jul17), and was bailed out for $500,000 (£381,500).

As part of the terms of his release, DMX was banned from leaving the state of New York, but on Monday (17Jul17), he returned to court with his lawyer, who successfully argued the hip-hop star's need to travel for work.

According to, the judge overseeing the case agreed to lift the travel restriction, as long as DMX filed a formal request with court officials before each planned trip.

It's good news for DMX, who was able to keep his gig at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival on Saturday (15Jul17).

He faces 44 years behind bars if convicted on all 14 counts.

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