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AC/DC drummer arrested for trying to arrange murders

Phil Rudd has yet to enter a plea.

Phil Rudd (second from right) with his AC/DC bandmates.
Phil Rudd (second from right) with his AC/DC bandmates.
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THE DRUMMER FOR legendary Australian rock band AC/DC has been 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 the Australian-born Rudd was accused of trying to hire a hit-man to carry out the two killings.

Police raided Rudd’s home this 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.

A publicist for the band could not be immediately reached for comment.

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 27 November, although that date could change. He has yet to enter a plea.

AC/DC were due to release the “Rock or Bust” album next month and had planned a world tour next year. It was unclear whether today’s events would affect those plans.

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