Monday, April 27, 2009
By Chris Richburg
Rapper/actor DMX is taking a new path to overcoming his vices with a stint on the VH1 reality show Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.
The hit series, which will enter its third season, follows a group of celebrities as they struggle to move forward from drug and alcohol addictions by entering a treatment program run by renowned addiction medicine specialist Dr. Drew Pinsky.
Past participants include former police brutality victim Rodney King and porn star Mary Carey as well as former professional wrestler Chyna , Family Matters star Jaimee Foxworth and actors Daniel Baldwin, Brigitte Nielsen and Jeff Conaway.
News of DMX’ Celebrity Rehab appearance was revealed by the show’s resident drug counselor Bob Forrest.
Prior to taking part in the new season, the 38-year-old entertainer, (born Earl Simmons) became embroiled in a series of drug-related incidents and encounters with the law.
Over the past 10 years, Simmons amassed a lengthy rap sheet filled with various charges ranging from marijuana and cocaine possession to multiple driving infractions and identity theft.
On December 31, 2008, the rapper was sentenced to serve 90 days in jail after pleading guilty to charges of theft, drug possession and animal cruelty.
In January, Simmons’ downward spiral continued after he refused to attend scheduled work assignments and missed his medication treatment while serving his sentence.
A month later, the rap star was re-booked on suspicion of aggravated following allegations he threw a dinner tray at a corrections officer.
The incident has resulted in a possible extension of Simmons’ sentence as well as his probation being revoked.