Manhattan prosecutors want rapper DMX to be sentenced to up to five years in prison at his upcoming sentencing on Wednesday, according to new court documents. DMX — whose given name is Earl Simmons — is accused of skipping out on $1.7 million in taxes.
Although this sentencing is way less harsh then 40 years, prosecutors still want him to serve a lengthy time to “use this sentencing to send the message to this defendant and others that star power does not entitle someone to a free pass, and individuals cannot shirk the duty to pay their fair share of taxes,” the court papers state.
DMX’s lawyer, Murray Richman, says the rapper should get probation with drug treatment so he can continue to perform, which would allow him to pay off his tax bill more quickly, according to “Page Six.”
“They wish to make an example of him just before tax season just as they always do,” Richman said, adding, “Take a man who comes from the ghetto and expect him to understand the implications of doing taxes when he’s an entertainer.”