Rapper DMX’s fraud trial will start in February, a judge decided Thursday.
DMX, whose legal name is Earl Simmons, appeared in Manhattan Federal Court at 4 p.m.The “Party Up” singer had pleaded not guilty on July 14 to charges he avoided paying some $ 1.7 million in income taxes.
During a brief proceeding, prosecutor Patrick Egan told Judge Jed Rakoff he expected the feds’ case against Simmons would take about two weeks. Rakoff set the trial date for Feb. 5.
Stacey Richman (l.), who repped Simmons during this court appearance, said Simmons would continue with treatment after his rehab stint.
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Simmons — who recently went to rehab after testing positive for coke and pot while out on bail — said “I’m feeling good,” as he left the courtroom.
Asked about rehab, Stacey Richman, who repped Simmons during this court appearance, said he would continue with treatment.