AC/DC’s Phil Rudd charged with string of alleged offences

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with attempting to procure the murders of two people in New Zealand.

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged by New Zealand Police with attempting to procure the murders of two people. The 60-year-old drummer appeared in a New Zealand court Thursday afternoon facing a string of additional charges including alleged possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.

Rudd did not enter a plea to the charges at the Tauranga District Court and was bailed until November 27 when he is due back in court. He was ordered to stay in Tauranga and to have no contact with anyone in relation to the charge of procuring a murder.

The names of the men he allegedly wanted killed and the name of the alleged hit man have been suppressed.

AC/DC’s new album ‘Rock or Bust’ is due out later this month. In a statement Thursday, the band said Rudd’s situation would not affect the album’s release or the tour scheduled for next year.

“We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking,” the statement said. “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.”

Rudd faces up to 10 years in jail if convicted of the attempting to procure murder charge.

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