Rapper DMX’s fraud trial will start in February, a judge decided Thursday.
DMX, whose legal name is Earl Simmons, appeared in Manhattan Federal Court at 4 p.m.The “Party Up” singer had pleaded not guilty on July 14 to charges he avoided paying some $1.7 million in income taxes.
During a brief proceeding, prosecutor Patrick Egan told Judge Jed Rakoff he expected the feds’ case against Simmons would take about two weeks. Rakoff set the trial date for Feb. 5.
Simmons — who recently went to rehab after testing positive for coke and pot while out on bail — said “I’m feeling good,” as he left the courtroom.
Asked about rehab, Stacey Richman, who repped Simmons during this court appearance, said he would continue with treatment.