The 60-year-old drummer for Australian rock band AC/DC, whose hits include Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, was yesterday accused of trying to arrange two killings, as well as possession of drugs.
Phil Rudd made a brief appearance at the Tauranga District Court in his adopted home of New Zealand and was charged with attempting to “procure murder,” which carries a maximum prison term of 10 years.
He was released on bail. One of the conditions is that he must not have any contact with anyone involved in the alleged plot.
The Bay of Plenty Times newspaper reported that Rudd was accused of trying to hire a hit man to carry out the two killings. Police raided Rudd’s home yesterday morning, according to the paper, and held him in custody until his court appearance.
A judge suppressed the names of the intended victims and the would-be hit man in the alleged plot, the newspaper said.
The court declined to release further details about the case.
Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey said he was still getting up to speed on the case and had no comment. Mabey said he was out of town attending a trial when he first heard about the charges.
The Australian-born drummer has also been charged with threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.
Court staff said Rudd was due to make a second appearance on Nov. 27, although that date could change. He has yet to enter a plea.
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