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Rapper DMX To Surrender on Charges

February 15, 2001

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) _ DMX plans to surrender to authorities and begin a 15-day jail sentence as early as next week, his publicist said.

The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was sentenced last May for driving without a license. A warrant was issued last week for his arrest after he failed to meet the court-ordered deadline to begin his jail term.

Simmons was pulled over in suburban Buffalo last March, about three hours after performing a concert.

His attorneys say the rapper has been in California fulfilling a previous commitment to work on promotional material for a movie.

``He has every intention of honoring the court’s mandate and plans to turn himself in immediately upon his return to the East Coast,″ attorney Matt Middleton said.

DMX is nominated for two Grammys _ best rap album for ″... And Then There Was X,″ and best rap solo performance for his single ``Party Up.″

His spokesman said he won’t be at the awards show next week in Los Angeles.

``This is the first year he is nominated in two categories but ... he understands he’s a person that is admired by millions and he wants to set the proper example,″ Angelo Ellerbee said Wednesday.

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