DMX Placed on House Arrest After Failing Four Drug Tests

The latest development in DMX's tax evasion case finds the rapper finally catching a break. After pleading not guilty back in July, X was let out on bond but faced strict conditions, including travel restrictions. However, he violated that last part with a trip to St. Louis—a trip that might have landed him in jail.

However, on Friday morning the judge took it easy on DMX, keeping him out of jail despite his travel violation—and despite the fact that the Ruff Ryders icon failed four separate drug tests for marijuana and cocaine, according to TMZ.

Instead, X was placed on house arrest and ordered to wear an ankle bracelet. TMZ reports that the conditions are so strict that he can't even go outside to mow the lawn.

DMX is accused of hiding millions of bucks in income from the government in order to avoid taxes. In all, the U.S. attorney's office says the alleged “multi-year scheme” had X skipping out on a $1.7 million tax bill.

“For years, Earl Simmons, the recording artist and performer known as DMX, made millions from his chart-topping songs, concert performances and television shows. But while raking in millions from his songs, including his 2003 hit 'X Gon' Give it to Ya,' DMX didn’t give any of it to the IRS,” wrote Joon Kim, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who was probably working on that joke for weeks. “Far from it, DMX allegedly went out of his way to evade taxes, including by avoiding personal bank accounts, setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash.”

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Floyd Mayweather’s Ex Rips Conor McGregor for Using Domestic Violence Incident to Promote Fight

Conor McGregor has found all kinds of different ways to troll Floyd Mayweather in the months leading up to their Aug. 26 superfight. From painting a mural of him knocking Mayweather out in his gym to accusing Mayweather of being broke after a report emerged about him owing the IRS a bunch of money, McGregor has gone above and beyond to try and get under Mayweather’s skin. But did he cross the line with his most recent troll move earlier this week?

By now, you’ve probably seen that McGregor got into it with Warriors star Draymond Green on Instagram on Sunday after Green posted a photo of McGregor wearing a No. 23 Warriors jersey—which is his jersey number—and told him not to wear it anymore because Green and his Golden State teammates are going to be rooting for Mayweather to beat McGregor.

McGregor responded by telling Green that he wasn’t wearing his No. 23 jersey. Rather, he said that it was C.J. Watson’s old No. 23 jersey, and if you know the history between Mayweather and Watson, then you know why McGregor was wearing the jersey. Watson was reportedly at the center of a 2010 domestic violence incident involving Mayweather and his ex-girlfriend Josie Harris. Mayweather allegedly accused Harris of secretly texting Watson, and it led to a violent altercation between the couple, which eventually led to Mayweather serving jail time. So by wearing Watson’s jersey, McGregor was, once again, trying to get a rise out of Mayweather.

Mayweather never responded to McGregor wearing the jersey, but early Friday morning, Harris did—and she revealed that she is not happy with McGregor for using her domestic violence incident to try and promote his fight. Harris had her lawyer release a lengthy statement to TMZ Sports, and in that statement, Harris and her lawyer ripped McGregor for alluding to the incident by wearing a Watson jersey. She also ripped him for posting this to Twitter back in January:

Others may have celebrated McGregor for using Watson as a pawn in his ongoing feud with Mayweather. But Harris and her lawyer clearly weren’t amused and think McGregor went too far by doing it.

“Conor McGregor’s exploitation of the events surrounding Mayweather’s violent beating of Josie Harris, for the sole purpose of promoting an upcoming boxing match and taunting his opponent in the ongoing media-driven feud between the two fighters, demonstrates not only an insensitivity toward the emotional wellbeing and privacy of the victim of Mayweather’s domestic violence, but also a general disregard for the physical and emotional trauma and long-lasting psychological impacts suffered by victims of domestic abuse,” the statement said.

Harris and her lawyer also called out Mayweather in the statement and ripped him for refusing to take responsibility for his actions in 2010.

“In the aftermath of the events of September 9, 2010, Josie Harris, like many other victims of domestic violence, continues to endure the emotional and psychological trauma, shaming, humiliation, blaming, and embarrassment caused by Mayweather’s violence and further perpetuated by his continued public denials, disclaimers, excuses, and deferrals of responsibility for his actions, including Mayweather’s defamatory statements against Harris made during a 2015 interview with Katie Couric leading up to his fight with Manny Pacquiao,” the statement said.

That portion of the statement was in reference to this interview Mayweather did with Couric:

And at the end of the statement, Harris and her lawyer asked McGregor not to bring up Watson or the 2010 domestic violence incident again.

“On behalf of Josie Harris, her and Mayweather’s three children, and all victims of domestic violence, we ask that Conor McGregor refrain from capitalizing off of the trauma suffered by her and other victims of domestic abuse,” the statement said.

You can read the full statement here.

Will this get McGregor to apologize for bringing up Watson and the domestic violence incident? Doubtful. McGregor has pretty much refused to apologize for anything he has said and done while promoting his fight with Mayweather. But he’s used this particular reference point several times now, so for everyone’s sake, let’s hope he moves on from it moving forward.

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DMX Has Been Arrested for Tax Evasion

Things aren’t looking too good for DMX.

Nearly three months after reportedly checking into rehab, the 46-year-old is now facing 14 counts of tax evasion. He surrendered to federal authorities Thursday and is scheduled to appear in federal court Friday in Manhattan.

According to Billboard, the rapper has been accused of concealing millions of dollars of income from the IRS to avoid paying $1.7 million in taxes. Joon Kim, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, released a statement outlining DMX's “multi-year scheme.”

“For years, Earl Simmons, the recording artist and performer known as DMX, made millions from his chart-topping songs, concert performances and television shows. But while raking in millions from his songs, including his 2003 hit ‘X Gon’ Give it to Ya,’ DMX didn’t give any of it to the IRS,” Kim wrote. “Far from it, DMX allegedly went out of his way to evade taxes, including by avoiding personal bank accounts, setting up accounts in other’s names and paying personal expenses largely in cash.”

Prosecutors also accused DMX of providing false information on bankruptcy court documents. He allegedly listed his 2011 and 2012 earnings as “unknown,” and listed his 2013 income as $10,000; it was later revealed he had earned hundreds of thousands of dollars each of those years.

The indictment also states the rapper refused to film the reality show Celebrity Couples Therapy until he was reissued a $125,000 check that had no withholding taxes.

“Celebrity rapper or not, all Americans must pay their taxes,” Kim wrote, “and together with our partners at the IRS, we will pursue those who deliberately and criminally evade this basic obligation of citizenship.”

If convicted, DMX could face up to 44 years in federal prison.

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Floyd Mayweather Responds to Report About Him Owing IRS Significant Amount of Money

On Monday, a report emerged indicating that Floyd Mayweather currently owes the IRS a large amount of money ​due to a lingering tax liability from back in 2015. According to that report, Mayweather has filed a petition in a tax court asking for a reprieve from making any payments to the IRS until after he fights Conor McGregor on Aug. 26, at which time he will have more than enough money to pay Uncle Sam back. The report made it seem like Mayweather would need to liquidate some of his assets in order to pay the IRS right now, which wouldn’t make sense when he can pay them in cash following his fight with McGregor.

Mayweather’s lawyer Jeffrey Morse did a lengthy interview with Fight Hype shortly after the IRS report came out, and he attempted to explain why Mayweather has a tax liability dating back to 2015. According to him, Mayweather “always pays his taxes,” but he also takes advantage of certain regulations that “allow taxpayers to defer their tax liability in certain circumstances.” Morse argued that Mayweather isn’t putting off paying his tax liability because he can’t pay it, but rather, he’s putting it off because the IRS allows it and it allows Mayweather the chance to make more on the money he’s earned by investing it elsewhere instead of simply handing it right over to the IRS. There are people who are skeptical about whether or not that’s actually the case, but you can read Morse’s interview here to get his side of things or listen to his interview below to hear him explain the situation.

Very early Tuesday morning, Mayweather himself also responded to the IRS report by taking to his Instagram account to reveal that he paid $26 million in taxes back in 2015. He told his followers to “believe half of what you see and none of what you hear, especially when it comes to the media in this country,” and he also made it seem as though he doesn’t have any issues with the IRS from back in 2015. It appears to be a slightly different story than the one his tax lawyer told, but it’s clear Mayweather isn't going to lose any sleep over the stories about him that have been circulating over the last 24 hours:

In addition to putting up that post on Instagram, Mayweather did an interview with Fight Hype from his private jet early Tuesday and said that Donald Trump and Bill Gates are the only ones allowed to question his money. He talked about it at around the 2:10 mark of this clip:

McGregor weighed in on the situation late Monday as well, and he, of course, used the IRS report to help add fuel to the fire as far as the upcoming Mayweather/McGregor fight is concerned. McGregor was spotted shopping on Rodeo Drive, and the paparazzi asked him to respond to the report about his opponent. And McGregor was more than happy to use it to take a couple shots at Mayweather.

“That’s gotta sting,” he said. “He shoulda paid his taxes and stayed retired and kept my name out of his mouth.”

It’s hard to tell what the truth is here, but if nothing else, all of this chatter about the IRS and deferred tax payments should make the Mayweather/McGregor press conference on Tuesday afternoon in Los Angeles even more interesting than it was already going to be. Look for McGregor to try and use it to his advantage during the war of words that’s sure to ensue, and look for Mayweather to try and use it to remind everyone that he’s got way more zeroes in his bank account than McGregor does. It should be…something.

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