*Doctors in Arizona have accused DMX of trying to use a fake name to get out of paying for a hospital visit in April – the latest in a string of legal activity relating to the rapper just this weekend alone.See Also:
According to court documents obtained Friday by The Arizona Republic, DMX went to the Mayo Clinic's emergency room under the name Troy Jones complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains. The rapper, born Earl Simmons, was diagnosed with pneumonia and released eight hours later.
He could be charged with "theft of services" and providing the hospital with "false information including name and address for billing purposes." His lawyer, according to TMZ.com, called the investigation "petty" and suggested that Sheriff Joe Arpaio had no sympathy for the sick.
Meanwhile, the rapper pleaded not guilty Thursday in Arizona to animal cruelty charges and three felony drug charges - including two counts of marijuana possession and one for drug paraphernalia - stemming from a raid of his home last week.
He arrived one hour late for his appearance in front of Maricopa County Superior Court Commissioner Lisa VandenBerg. The charges are in connection with a May 9 raid of his Cave Creek home following a seven-month investigation into animal cruelty charges.
On Friday, a $1.5 million defamation judgment against DMX was overturned in Maryland by Judge Thomas P. Smith, who found that the rapper was not at fault for missing a scheduled court hearing in January.
Monique Wayne filed the lawsuit against DMX after he accused her of raping him at a hotel in Baltimore in 2003. The artist made the allegations in an interview with Sister 2 Sister magazine.
In the original lawsuit, filed in Prince George's County Circuit Court in Upper Marlboro, Md. in October 2006, Wayne asked for $6 million in damages. The rapper, however, was ordered to pay her $518,400 in compensation and $1 million in punitive penalties when he missed a scheduled hearing.
According to reports, the entertainer was unaware that a hearing was scheduled to take place. DMX hired Baltimore-based The Murphy Firm to contest the ruling.
"Today a very large judgment was vacated by Judge Smith," said Hassan Murphy, a managing partner of The Murphy Firm. "The judge clearly agreed with us that Mr. Simmons was never properly notified and therefore he threw out the judgment."
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