Ol' Dirty Bastard Freed From Jail

Rapper OL' DIRTY BASTARD has been freed from jail after spending more than two years inside on drugs charges.

And on his first day of freedom yesterday (01MAY03), the star - real name RUSSELL JONES - appeared at a New York press conference to announce his signing to ROC-A-FELLA records and the adoption of another alias, DIRT McGIRT.

The WU-TANG CLAN star expressed relief at the end of his incarceration, during which he had been placed on suicide watch for a spell.

He says, "The first thing I wanted to do was give my mother a hug. It was hell out there. But so what, I feel good. I'm happy to be here. I'm happy my eyes are open still. I'm all right physically and mentally. I feel good."

The rapper was sentenced in July 2001, but had been detained for months prior to that after escaping a court-ordered drug treatment facility and going on the run.

He was officially paroled earlier this year (03) but transferred to a psychiatric hospital.

He recalls, "They was trying to lock me in, 'cause I was running around being Dirt McGirt. They said, 'Yo, we don't know about this one cat here. He seems a little crazy.' I had to hit to hit 'em with some Dirt McGirt wear and they let me go."

02/05/2003 16:56


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