philrudd400 Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been sentenced to eight months of home detention after pleading guilty to threatening to kill a former employee. Rudd was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and marijuana.

The 61-year-old faced up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge at Tauranga District Court on New Zealand’s North Island. Rudd was arrested last November, after an angry incident related to the handling of an August 2014 launch of his first-ever solo album.

Rudd pleaded guilty in April, admitting that he’d asked an associate to have the victim “taken out” in exchange for cash, vehicles and a home. He also acknowledged directly threatening the victim. A subsequent search of Rudd’s apartment on Nov. 6 then reportedly turned up 0.478 grams of methamphetamine and 91 grams of cannabis, according to multiple published reports.
Rudd complicated matters with a pair of violent incidents which ultimately found the drummer in handcuffs yet again. He was reprimanded in court for breaching the terms of his bail, reportedly by making contact with a witness. Rudd’s lawyer also abruptly withdrew from the case.

Ultimately, as this sordid story has played out, AC/DC was forced to move on. Their well-received new album, Rock or Bust, was released within days of Rudd’s original guilty plea. AC/DC then brought back former drummer Chris Slade to fill in on subsequent tour dates.


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  • shannon mehaffey on

    Actually, those charges are b.s., he never actually paid anybody, does it even seem remotely plausible that he would’ve given up those huge sums? 200 grand, a house, and some nice cars? If he was serious, well…no I won’t say it (Doug R, he would say it!). But the crazy amounts he was offering, plus his drug use should’ve rendered those threats not credible. “Murder for hire,” should’ve been reduced to “disturbing the peace,” he should’ve paid a fine, court costs, and gotten into rehab. Instead, they get him to admit it, in his drugged state, with the threat of a seven year prison sentence hanging over him. You know how they torture people to get them to confess? Substitute that prison sentence for the torture rack. And here he is, a prisoner in his own home. I hope he gets his act together and gets back in his band, where he belongs.

  • shannon mehaffey on

    Instead, they get him to plead guilty, is what I mean. Rudd, it appears, was close to getting this resolved, but he went off the rails again, but they still don’t have a ‘murder for hire” case. Those drug charges are unfortunate, I will say that.

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