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DNA VINDICATES RAPPER ON RAPE CHARGE

DNA proved to be vindication for rapper DMX Thursday as rape and sodomy charges filed by a stripper were dismissed by prosecutors.

"I never met the girl," DMX, aka Earl Simmons, said after he emerged from Bronx Criminal Court, where the charges were dropped when prosecutors revealed that a DNA test of Simmons' blood did not match semen found on the woman.

Simmons, 27, with an album on the pop charts, was arrested in June after the woman claimed she met him at the club Harlem Nights and went to what she thought was a party at a Bronx apartment, only to be attacked.

Criminal Court Judge Eduardo Padro dismissed rape, sodomy, sexual abuse and unlawful imprisonment charges against Simmons, who lives in Mount Vernon.

The dismissal came after prosecutors from the office of Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson announced in court that they could not prove charges beyond a reasonable doubt.

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