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Rap star sent to Erie County Holding Center for failing to pay child support

Legal and financial troubles have combined to land the rapper known as DMX in the Erie County Holding Center for his failure to pay child support.

DMX was sentenced to a six-month term in Erie County Family Court on Tuesday. He was taken to the county jail and logged in under his real name, Earl Simmons.

The rapper, 44, was arrested on an Erie County warrant in New York City on June 26 right before his scheduled concert at Radio City Music Hall.

This isn’t the first time DMX has been inside an Erie County jail cell. He spent just under two weeks in jail here in early 2001 after he was arrested in March 2000 for speeding on the Kensington Expressway. The arrest came a few hours after he performed at what is now First Niagara Center.

At that time, he was sentenced to 15 days in jail after pleading guilty to driving without a license, marijuana possession and two parking tickets.

His incarceration came nearly a year later.

While he was in the Erie County Correctional Facility in Alden, he reportedly threw a food tray at corrections officers, preventing his early release. A scuffle with corrections officers sent him out on crutches when he finally did leave.

In 2005, Davita Oden of Buffalo filed a paternity suit against DMX for support of her daughter Jada, born in 2001.

Oden said she met DMX in 1999, when he was in Buffalo on tour with Jay-Z and Method Man, and reconnected with him in 2000.

According to the New York Daily News, DMX has a dozen children by several different women, including four with his estranged wife, and owes about $400,000 in child support. The paper also says in 2013 a court denied his efforts to file bankruptcy to free himself of the support debt.