Legendary AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has appeared in a New Zealand court today, charged with attempting to procure a murder. The prosecution alleges that Mr. Rudd, 60, attempted to hire out the murders of two men. The strange incident gives new meaning to the classic track ‘Dirty Deeds, Done Dirt Cheap’.
Mr. Rudd, who appeared in the Tauranga District Court dressed in full fading rocker attire (jeans and a grey jumper), was tight lipped about the proceedings. He also appeared haggard and a little confused. During the lengthy hearing, the usually animated drummer said nothing. After considerable legal discussions, Mr. Rudd was eventually released on bail.
Mr. Rudd’s legal team entered no pleas to the charges, agreeing to re-appear before the bench in three weeks. Despite having been in custody since 7am, Judge Bidois allowed media outlets to photograph the rocker. Earlier in the day, Mr. Rudd’s house had been raided by police.
According to the SMH, he was charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis and threatening to kill.
During the hearing, Judge Bidois decided that the names of the two potential victims and the hitman would be the subject of a suppression order. The judge also ordered that Mr. Rudd stay away from contacting the hitman in question. In light of this restriction, the media has been unable to glean more information from the police report and publicly available files.
Mr. Rudd is a founding member of the chart-topping rock ‘n’ roll band. Despite being the band’s only Australian-born member, Mr. Rudd has long resided in New Zealand. After being kicked out of the band in 1983, Mr. Rudd re-joined in 1994. As a founding member of the boundary breaking band, Mr. Rudd is likely very wealthy. AC/DC have sold more than 200 million albums worldwide, and they continue to actively tour and promote new records.
UPDATE: The charges against Mr. Rudd (relating to hiring hit-men) have been formally dropped by NZ officials.
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