Rapper DMX denies probation violation allegations, remains in custody

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

PHOENIX (AP) --  Rapper Earl Simmons, also known as DMX, is denying he violated his probation. Simmons appeared in a Maricopa County courtroom Wednesday morning and denied he used cocaine and OxyContin.

Court Commissioner Christine Mulleneaux set Simmons' next hearing for Dec. 9. The rapper remains in custody. He is being held without bond.

Court documents released Friday allege the 39-year-old performer failed to submit to drug testing, and drove on a suspended license.

Simmons was arrested Thursday by Maricopa County probation officers and was being held without bond in the county jail.

His attorney, Glenn Allen, said he had been working with his client and probation officials and expected the arrest.

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