Hip-hop veteran DMX has been released on $500,000 (£381,500) bond after pleading not guilty to a string of tax fraud charges.
The Party Up (Up in Here) star, real name Earl Simmons, surrendered to New York authorities on Thursday (13Jul17) after he was slapped with 14 federal counts and accused of failing to pay $1.7 million (£1.3 million) in tax liabilities to America’s Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
He appeared in Manhattan federal court on Friday (14Jul17), when he entered a not guilty plea and was granted bail.
The terms of his release state the 46-year-old, who has a history of substance abuse, must remain in the New York area while the case is pending. He must also undergo strict drug testing and must refrain from carrying any firearms, according to TMZ.com.
His lawyers have yet to issue a statement about the allegations, but are reportedly planning to seek permission for DMX to travel outside New York for work commitments at a future hearing.
DMX faces 44 years behind bars if convicted on all 14 counts.
The rapper is no stranger to the law – the father of 15 has endured multiple stints behind bars in recent years, serving time for reckless driving, driving on a suspended licence, theft and drug possession charges, as well as parole violation and failure to pay child support.