Musician Phil Rudd, drummer for the Australian rock band AC/DC, has reportedly been charged with attempting to procure a murder, threats to kill and possession of drugs, including marijuana and methamphetamine.
According to The New Zealand Herald,
the 60-year-old rock star was allegedly involved in a murder-for-hire plot in which he attempted to arrange the killing of two unidentified men. Rudd was arrested on Thursday, November 6, after police reportedly raided his home in Tauranga, on the North Island of New Zealand.
He appeared hours later in the Tauranga District Court where he entered no plea to the charges and did not ask to have his name suppressed, which is an option for citizens facing criminal charges in New Zealand
. Rudd made bail and will be returning to court on November 27.
Rudd joined AC/DC in 1975 and stayed with the band until after the completion of their 1983 album Flick The Switch. He left the band, allegedly due to personal conflicts with other members, and moved to Tauranga.
In 1993, Rudd came back to AC/DC and took over the drums from musician Chris Slade. Since his return, AC/DC has released three albums - Ballbreaker (1995), Stiff Upper Lip (1999) and Black Ice (2008).
Recently, AC/DC has been gearing up for the release of their new album Rock Or Bust, which is set to launch in Australia on November 28, and hit shelves internationally on December 2.
It will be the band's first album in six years, and the only album recorded without founding member Malcolm Young, 61, who retired from the band earlier this year due to dementia-related health issues.