US rapper DMX has been arrested in Arizona after failing to appear in
court, pay outstanding fines and for driving without a licence.
musician and actor was stopped at Phoenix airport after a flight from
Florida where he was twice arrested for driving and drugs offences.
The latest arrest related to previous drugs and driving misdemeanours.
The 37-year-old – whose real name is Earl Simmons – was also arrested in May on suspicion of animal cruelty.
uncovered pit bull puppies, dog carcasses, weapons and quantities of
drugs following a seven-month investigation after the discovery of
several neglected dogs at his home.
Mr Simmons initially evaded arrest by barricading himself in his bedroom, but eventually gave himself up.
Earlier that week he had been arrested for speeding.
The musician has sold over 20 million albums as one of the most popular stars of hip-hop in the US.
cover of his last album, Year of the Dog… Again, which came out in
2006, featured him with a pit bull straining at the leash.
also launched his own range of dog clothing, including caps, scarves
and raincoats for canines. It was named Boomer 129 after one of his pit
The arrest came six years after a US court ordered DMX to
make public service announcements after pleading guilty to animal
cruelty, disorderly conduct and possession of drug paraphernalia.