Phil Rudd Murder-For-Hire Charge Dropped One Day After AC/DC Rocker’s Arrest
A murder-for-hire charge against Phil Rudd has been dropped, just one day after his arrest in New Zealand. As Gossip Cop reported, the AC/DC drummer was taken into custody after allegedly plotting to kill two individuals with hired help.
At the time, Rudd’s home was raided, and he was charged with attempting to procure a murder, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. But a spokesperson for the Crown Solicitor told The Associated Press on Friday (New Zealand local time, Thursday still in the United States) that the attempting to procure a murder charge has been dropped due to insufficient evidence. He had faced up to 10 years in prison on that charge alone.
Rudd, however, is still facing the other charges, of threatening to kill and drug possession. He has been released from jail after posting bail. The 60-year-old rocker’s legal troubles are not expected to hold back AC/DC. In a statement posted on their website, Rudd’s band mates said, “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.”
Rudd has a previous marijuana possession conviction from 2010. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates on the situation.