Rapper DMX denied bail, remains in Arizona jail

Wed Nov 24, 2010 1:39pm EST
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PHOENIX (Reuters) - An Arizona judge on Wednesday denied bail for rapper DMX, keeping him jailed on charges that he violated probation by using drugs, court officials said.

The 39 year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested Thursday for probation violations that included using cocaine and Oxycontin, failing to submit to drug testing and counseling, and driving with a suspended license.

Simmons denied those allegations during a brief hearing before Court Commissioner Christine Mulleneaux in Maricopa County, Arizona. His next hearing is set for December 9.

The rapper, whose albums include "It's Dark and Hell is Hot," is currently on probation for attempted aggravated assault and using a fake name to avoid paying a $7,500 hospital bill. He has a long history of legal problems in Arizona.

(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)