AC/DC Drummer Charged With Attempt To Procure Murder

Published on November 6, 2014.
(AP Photo/Jan Pitman, File)

“Dirty Deeds” indeed! 60-year old, Phil Rudd, the drummer for world renowned rock band AC/DC was taken into custody early Thursday (Nov 6) and charged with attempt to procure a murder.

According to reports Rudd had hired an unidentified hitman to kill two men, whose identities have also been suppressed.

In an early morning raid of Rudd’s Tauranga, New Zealand home, after a tip from a member of the public, police also discovered copious amounts of illegal drugs, leaving Rudd also charged with possession of cannabis, possession of methamphetamine and threatening to kill.

The founding member of the legendary group faced a New Zealand court but did not enter an plea and has been released on bail until November 27.

A charge of attempting to procure a murder can carry a sentence of up to ten years in jail.

Originally from Australia, Rudd moved to New Zealand after being kicked out of the group in 1983 after had being with the group since 1975.

He rejoined the band nearly ten years later in 1994 and the group is currently getting set to release their newest album, “Rock or Bust” on December 2.

Rudd has been conspicuously absent from recent photos of the group that have been released and there was also speculation he was not present for the filming of a new music video, causing speculation of whether he was in fact still with the band.

A statement from the band released on Thursday stated, “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.”

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