Earl Simmons, the rapper known as DMX, was put on a bread-and-water diet in jail lockdown for allegedly threatening to assault a Maricopa County Sheriff Office’s detention officer on Sunday.
Simmons, 38, who is serving a three-month jail sentence on theft, drug possession and animal cruelty charges, was removed from Maricopa County’s Tent City Jail and placed in lockdown for the alleged threat, according to a news release issued by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Monday.
He refused to report for work when called upon by detention officers and became verbally abusive, saying: “I already have a job and don’t need this (expletive),” according to the sheriff’s office.
Later that day, Simmons failed to report for his medication and then told detention officers that he might assault somebody to get some respect and told the detention officers they should expect to be spoken to in that manner, authorities said.
Simmons was sentenced to jail last month, five months after deputies conducted a raid on his home and discovered 12 malnourished pit bulls, the remains of three dogs and numerous weapons and drugs, according to the sheriff's office.