AC/DC fans can breath a sigh of relief. Drummer Phil Rudd, initially accused of trying to hire a hitman, has had the charge dropped by prosecutors in New Zealand because of a lack of evidence.
Although the most serious charge has been dropped, Rudd is still accused of threatening death and drug possession.
”There was insufficient evidence to proceed with the charge of attempting to procure murder,” prosecuting lawyer Greg Hollister-Jones said in a statement early this morning.
Rudd’s lawyer said police did not consult the prosecutor before laying the charge of attempting to procure murder. ”The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid,” Paul Mabey said, Rudd’s lawyer.
"The Hugh Hefner Of Tauranga"
Little has been revealed to the media as to what really went down with the AC/DC drummer. Slowly though, information is coming out. Whether that information is true or not remains to be seen but the details appear to describe Phil Rudd as the Hugh Hefner of Tauranga, New Zealand the town he has lived in for more than 30 years.
The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting they have interviewed the man police believed he had tried to hire. He claims Phil Rudd wanted to hire him as a bodyguard for an upcoming trip to London to work with ACDC. According to this man, Rudd has been receiving threats recently due to the women he spends time with.
“The girls that he gets, working girls and that, their partners get pissed off,” the man, whose name cannot be published per court orders, said. “He tells them ‘Nah, I’m not paying you,’ and then the partners come and say they want their money …The amount he spends on company is like someone’s yearly wage … He’s the Hugh Hefner of Tauranga.”
None of this of course has been proven in court.
ACDC has said they won’t comment any further but Phil Rudd’s legal issues will not affect the upcoming release of Rock or Bust or their planned 2015 tour.