AC/DC drummer Rudd appears in court

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd released on bail in New Zealand.

FILE – In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd arrives for sentencing at the Tauranga District Court in Tauranga, New Zealand.

Phil Rudd, the Australian-born former drummer of rock band AC/DC, was released on bail after he was charged in a New Zealand court on Monday for consuming alcohol in breach of the conditions of his home detention, court officials said. The 61-year-old Australian-born drummer was arrested at his home on New Zealand’s North Island on Saturday night, though police have refused to comment on the nature of the arrest.

He was allegedly upset about poor organisation at a function to launch his solo album “Head Job” in August, calling an associate four weeks later to say he wanted the ex-employee “taken out”, then phoning the man and threatening his life. The charges came 10 days after Rudd was sentenced to eight months home detention for threatening to kill and drug possession arising from incidents last November. When police raided Rudd’s waterfront mansion in November, they found 0.478 grams (0.017 ounces) of methamphetamine and 91 grams (3.21 ounces) of cannabis.

Phil Rudd, who is appealing against his conviction and sentence, cannot leave his large waterfront home in Tauranga, about 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Auckland, without permission. Australian-born Rudd initially faced another charge of “attempting to procure murder”, but it was dropped after prosecutors decided there was insufficient evidence.

In that case, Rudd acknowledged in a court summary of facts that he’d offered cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim “taken out.” He also acknowledged that he’d directly said to the victim he was going to kill him. He was part of the AC/DC line-up inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003 and that won a Grammy for best hard rock performance with the band for “War Machine” in 2010. – AFP In another call, Rudd offered the associate “$200,000, a motorbike, one of his cars or a house,” which the associate took to mean as payment for carrying out his earlier request.

The morning after calling his associate, Rudd called the victim directly, saying “I’m going to come over and kill you,” according to the court summary.

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