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Posted by Robert
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9/22/2004 1:31:11 PM

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Earl Simmons aka-Rapper DMX, alternately belligerent to court officers and friendly to fans, showed up to a Queens courthouse yesterday for a court date related to his arrest at Kennedy Airport in June.

Among those who turned out to greet the rapper and actor was a Maryland woman seeking to slap him with a paternity suit.

DMX and a co-defendant quickly had their drug and weapons case rescheduled to Oct. 13 in Criminal Court in Kew Gardens.

Before entering the courthouse, however, Simmons, 33, of upstate Mount Kisco, sought to belittle court officers who insisted he not take off his coat before being screened.

At one moment, for example, he pointed to an expensive bracelet on his wrist and yelled at the lieutenant in charge, "One year, right here. One year, right here," clearly implying that it cost more than the lieutenant's salary.

But as Simmons and his entourage waited for a car on Queens Boulevard, the rapper warmly greeted fans that came close enough to say hello. "God bless," he said, when asked if he had anything to say to his fans.

Monique Wayne, 24, and her attorneys said Simmons has acknowledged being the father of her 5-month-old son and even helped to choose the child's name. However, Simmons, who has recorded three multi-platinum CDs and starred in "Romeo Must Die" and "Cradle 2 to the Grave," is not supporting the child financially, they said.

"I don't hate him," Wayne said after the rapper and his wife, Tashera, had left. "We're both adults. We both made mistakes. But my child shouldn't suffer."

Wayne's attorneys said she spent a day with Simmons after meeting him at a nightclub in Washington, D.C., in August 2003.

Simmons' civil attorney could not be reached for comment.

Port Authority Police arrested Simmons and another man, Jackie Hudgins, 41, of Yonkers, on June 24 at Kennedy after someone in Simmons' Ford Expedition activated police-like lights and sirens and allegedly posed as federal agents while stopping another vehicle and demanding that its driver get out of the car.

The driver, who had his teenage daughter with him, refused.

Simmons then drove his car past a parking lot attendant and through a gate without paying, authorities said. The pair was quickly arrested.

A search of the vehicle turned up a billy club and a small amount of crack and the drug depakote, which is often prescribed for bipolar disorder, authorities said.

The rapper and Hudgins were both charged with drug and weapons charges. Simmons also faces criminal impersonation, criminal mischief, menacing and other charges. If convicted, they each face up to 7 years in prison.

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