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Murder Charge Against ACDC Drummer Dropped

November 7, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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A New Zealand crown solicitor withdrew the most serious charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd on Thursday, dropping the attempting to procure murder charge in an alleged murder plot involving “working girls.”

A disheveled Rudd, 60, appeared “thunderstruck” in Tauranga District Court on Wednesday, hours after his waterfront mansion was raided by police and faced several charges, including threatening to kill as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Paul Mabey, Rudd’s attorney, said in a statement that an overzealous New Zealand police investigation pushed their case without consulting Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones, who agreed Thursday to strike the attempting to procure murder charge.

“The charge alleging an Attempt to Procure Murder should never have been laid,” Mabey said. “The Crown Solicitors opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn — within 24 hours of Mr. Rudd’s first appearance in court.”

Rudd allegedly hired an unidentified hitman to act as a bodyguard to deal with threats and disputes with “working girls,” The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“The girls that he gets, working girls and that, their partners get pissed off, he tells them ‘Nah I’m not paying you’ and then the partners come and say they want their money,” the hitman told The Sydney Morning Herald. “The amount he spends on company is like someone’s yearly wage.”

An animated Rudd, peeking from the sliding glass door leading to the balcony of his gated mansion, offered up an obscene gesture to the media camped outside.

“Mr. Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified,” Mabey said. “The damage to Mr. Rudd is incalculable. Questions arise as to the degree of care taken by those responsible for arresting and charging him with Attempting to Procure Murder.”

He is due back in court Nov. 27.

We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking,” AC/DC said in a statement Thursday. “We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.”

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