The famous drummer of AC/DC faces charges of attempting to hire a hitman. Moreover, he also faces drug possession charges. He was present in a New Zealand court on Thursday for an initial hearing on the case. The accusations brought to Rudd are extremely serious.
The charges include attempting to procure murder of two people, meth and marijuana possession, as well as threatening murder. The star was released from custody, after paying a bail and he will remain free until November 27. The sum paid in bail has not been revealed at this point. However, he will have to make another appearance in court on November 27. At this point, there are no official revelations on the names of the two people that Rudd wanted to kill and on the name of the person he planned on hiring for the job.
Reports reveal that the home of the star has already been searched by the police. If he will be found guilty, Phil Rudd faces many years in jail. Actually, the threatening to kill charge only carries a maximum prison term of 10 years. During the court hearing, Rudd was ordered by the judge to have no contact with the man he allegedly hired for the hit.
Phil Rudd is without a doubt well known as the drummer of AC/DC. He first joined the famous band in 1975, playing for them until 1983. Then, he rejoined AC/DC in 1994, until the present. Rudd also managed to release a solo album. Head Job, his first solo album, was actually launched in August.
“We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year,” a statement from a rep for AC/DC said. AC/DC is well known for its many successful hits, including Highway to Hell, Back in Black or Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.
Phil Rudd was previously convicted for possession of marijuana, back in 2010. He was then fined $250.