AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Faces Charges After Attempting to Hire Hit Man

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd faces serious charges. James Croucher/Newspix/R/REX USA

Phil Rudd may be in need of a Jailbreak after allegedly seeking out Guns for Hire. The AC/DC drummer, 60, is facing charges in his home country of New Zealand after reportedly attempting to hire a hit man. 

Rudd appeared in court in New Zealand on Thursday, Nov. 6, The Washington Post reports, and was charged with threatening to kill two people. He was also handed possession charges involving cannabis and methamphetamine. 

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According to the BBC, the musician was released on bail on Thursday and is forbidden to speak to any parties connected to the alleged murder plot. Rudd, who reportedly sought to kill two men, is due back in court on Thursday, Nov. 27. 

The veteran AC/DC performer, who was on hiatus from the band in the late 1980s and early 1990s, reportedly had his Tauranga, New Zealand home searched after the charges were brought against him. 

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd in 1978 Paul Natkin/

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The New Zealand Herald reports that Rudd chose not to enter into a plea deal on Thursday, nor speak to members of the media outside the court upon his exit. 

The drummer’s future with AC/DC may be in jeopardy in light of his legal troubles. The famed band is scheduled to release a new studio album, Rock or Bust, later this month, and has plans for an international tour in 2015.

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There has been no comment on the charges from Rudd or the band at this time. 

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