COSTA MESA (  —  Police in Costa Mesa say rapper DMX (real name Earl Simmons) is accused of sexually assaulting a 25-year-old female acquaintance.

The 45-year-old rapper first accused the woman of stealing from him, police said.

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Just before 7 a.m., police said they were called to the front of a hotel in Costa Mesa located at 325 Bristol Street in response to a report of a couple arguing.

DMX told police the unidentified woman from Hawthorne had stolen his watch and cash.

Officers interviewed the woman and she was arrested for grand theft. She has since posted bail, police said.

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After being taken into custody, police said she reported that the rapper had sexually assaulted her.

Police said they are investigating her allegation.

Simmons was not taken into custody.

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