DMX imprisoned as flight risk after positive drug test

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DMX imprisoned as flight risk after positive drug test
FILE - In this Aug. 11, 2017 file photo, Rapper DMX, whose given name is Earl Simmons, leaves federal court in New York. DMX has a court appearance, Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018 on the tax fraud charges. (AP Photo/Larry Neumeister, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — DMX has been sent to prison by a judge who says the rapper repeatedly lied to him when he promised to obey bail conditions.

Judge Jed Rakoff (RAY’-kahf) sent the rapper also known as Earl Simmons to prison Tuesday to await his March sentencing on a tax evasion charge.

Rakoff called DMX a genuine flight risk.

Defense lawyer Murray Richman says Simmons took drugs to cope with the hospitalization of his year-old daughter for several days this month. She had a 104-degree fever.

Richman says Simmons left a drug rehabilitation center in the Northeast to see his daughter in New York City.

The judge says Simmons tested positive last week for cocaine, opiates and Oxycodone.

Prosecutors had requested he be jailed. He was led from court in handcuffs.