Court Fears For DMX’s Wellbeing If He Leaves NYC
Irv Gotti has pleaded with the judge in DMX’s $1.7 million tax evasion case to let him off of house arrest because he’s afraid the move will be “career ending.”
Manhattan Federal Judge Jed Rakoff Tuesday denied DMX’s motion to travel around the U.S. for filming, appearances and shows. The rapper is currently being held on house arrest after failing several drug tests.
But the music mogul turned TV producer still made an impassioned plea for federal Judge Jed Rakoff to release his 1990s contemporary because the rapper is contractually obligated to film “Tales,” the show Gotti is producing, and Gotti said the filming would mean big things for DMX’s career and his life.
“Though some might view Earl Simmons as a complex individual, he is one of the most talented individuals I have ever worked with,” Gotti’s letter to the judge, which was obtained by BOSSIP, reads. “With the episode he will star in scheduled to air on the BET Network around November 7, 2017, there is no doubt in my mind this will open doors for him for considerably more related work, garnering consistent income as a result.”
Gotti, who was born Irving Lorenzo and led the early 2000s record label “Murder Inc.,” said if the judge doesn’t let DMX off of house arrest for three days in order to film “Tales,” it could be in the final nail in the coffin in DMX’s once successful, yet troubled career, and put a planned biopic on ice.
“Thus, if Earl Simmons misses his filming dates for the already-booked Tales series, it will directly jeopardize his future pending movie and television projects,” Gotti wrote. “With the Hollywood community already scrutinizing his moves and commitments, for him to not be able to show up will, in essence, be a career-ending move.”