BandRumors first reported that charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd for “procuring murder” were dropped back in November; however, his recent conviction stems from the lessor charges of threatening to kill a former assistant after his solo record “Head Job” flopped and for possession of meth. Bummer man!
According to CNN, Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention in New Zealand on Thursday after he pleaded guilty to threatening to kill a former employee and to possessing drugs.
Prosecutors said the 61-year-old Australian rocker phoned a former employee last year and said, “I’m going to come over and kill you.”
Police found methamphetamine and cannabis during a search of Rudd’s New Zealand home in November.
Rudd, who played with AC/DC for a total of 30 years, initially denied the allegations against him, but made a surprise guilty plea in April.
Listen to “Head Job” by Phil Rudd
Threat after solo album flopped
According to a court summary from April, Rudd fired several of his employees last year because his solo album, “Head Job,” had flopped in the charts after its release in August.
Prosecutors say he called an associate in September and said he wanted his former personal assistant “taken out.” Rudd later phoned the former personal assistant and made the threat to kill him.
Tuck has described the matter as “essentially just an angry phone call.”
Rudd is not currently a member of AC/DC, whose world tour this year will include shows in New Zealand in December.
When charges were first filed against Rudd in November, interest in his case reportedly prompted a bump in sales for “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap,” the band’s classic song about a hit man vaunting his services.