Six Hip-Hop Sex Scandals

DMX

DMX

Year: 1998

Just as DMX’s career began to build up steam, the Yonkers-by-Baltimore rapper was implicated in a rape case. In June 1998 – a mere week after the release of his debut album It’s Dark and Hell is Hot – the Ruff Ryders rapper was accused of raping a 29-year-old stripper. The accuser alleged that DMX invited her to give him a private dance at his friend’s South Bronx apartment located at East 143rd Street. She said that it was there that the budding rapper raped her and held her against her will. X defended his innocence throughout the legal ordeal, telling the press, “I never met the girl.”

Despite many media outlets deliberately painting X in a negative light, the trial itself quickly exonerated the rapper of any culpability. The prosecution was unable to link the rapper to crime beyond of reasonable doubt, prompting the charges to be dismissed. Even after a judge ordered a DNA test, the results came up negative, completely clearing him of the crime. “He was immediately negatively portrayed and his lyrics were critically analyzed,” DMX’s lawyer Matt Middleton said at the time. “He didn’t have a chance.”

[via Indie Sent]