24 January 2008
Mother of DMX's child wins £767k in defamation case
The mother of rapper DMX's child has won $1.5 million (£767,709) after he failed to show up to defend himself in a defamation case.
Monique Wayne sued DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, two years ago claiming defamation, false statements and "unreasonable publicity" concerning her private life.
Her allegations stemmed from an interview Simmons gave to a magazine in which he claimed that Wayne had raped him as he slept after they met in a nightclub in 2003.
She gave birth to his child in 2004 and told a court hearing that Simmons had admitted to her that he made the rape allegation in an attempt to placate his wife Tashera.
After his recent failure to appear in court, a judge ordered the music star to pay the compensation, plus punitive penalties.
Born in 1970, Simmons rose to fame through his music in the late 1990s.