Rapper Method Man has denied his finances are in disarray, blaming the recent repossession of his car on forgetfulness caused by his marijuana habit.
The rapper was left stunned last week (18Mar09) when New York state tax collectors seized his 2008 Lincoln Navigator from his Staten Island home, amid reports he owes over $50,000 (£34,670) to the government in back taxes.
But the Wu-Tang star - real name Clifford Smith - fully intends to pay the U.S. Department of Taxation what he owes, insisting he has plenty of money in the bank.
He tells the New York Daily News, "I knew why they (the repossession officers) were there. It wasnt like 'Oh my God! Noo!! Don't take it!' I was half-dressed, and it was so early that I just said, 'Okay, you're taking the truck.'"
And the hip-hop artist claims it's his addiction to marijuana that causes him to forget about his responsibilities.
He adds: "Myself, I'm a pothead. Its no secret. Everyone knows that. I go on the road and forget everything else. Sure, (the tax department) sent letters to my house saying, 'We need this money.' They started sending them in 2002. Here it is, 2009, and I never paid this s**t, because I dont think like that!
"I could have easily just written them a cheque for whatever amount, but no - I waited until they knocked on this door and were like, 'We got your truck and we outta here!'"
"Now I'm thinking we've gotta get our truck back, which means I have to get all my paperwork together. That means days of going through mail, cause I got mail like woah (a lot of letters). I've found checks from 2005 that have never been opened yet. And we're talking a significant amount of money! But I never opened (the tax department's) letters - so this is how the tax man came to Meths house and took his truck. Not because I was broke! I got plenty of money!"