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Phil Rudd: AC/DC Drummer Charged In Alleged Murder Plot

Thu, November 6, 2014 9:30am EDT by Lauren Cox Add first Comment
Phil Rudd Arrested Murder
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Is Phil Rudd on the highway to prison? The AC/DC drummer was arrested after allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill not one, but two men. Yikes.

Phil Rudd, 60, has been charged with “attempting to procure a murder” because of his involvement in an alleged murder-for-hire plot in New Zealand. The Australian native is best known for being the drummer in 80’s rock band AC/DC, which was set to release a new album in Dec. 2014.

Phil Rudd Charged In Alleged Murder Plot — AC/DC Drummer Arrested

Wow. This is not your typical “bad boy” rockstar behavior.

On Thursday morning, Nov. 6, AC/DC drummer Phil appeared in a New Zealand courtroom to face charges for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill two people, reports People.

Phil did not enter a plea for his charges, and the identities of the two men he was allegedly trying to have murdered have not been released. The drummer was released on bail that afternoon.

The same morning Phil appeared in court, police searched his home for any and all evidence.

He is also facing charges for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and threatening to kill, reports BBC News.

AC/DC’s Troubling Year: Malcolm Young Diagnosed With Dementia

This is not the first bump in the road for AC/DC in 2014, because in April songwriter and guitarist Malcolm Young was forced to leave the band after being diagnosed with dementia.

Even though Malcolm had to retire, Brian Johnson, the band’s frontman, let fans know that AC/DC was not done touring and making music.

Once news broke that Malcolm would be leaving, a source wrote into an Australian radio station to share that AC/DC would not be replacing him.

“AC/DC members have previously made a pact that no band members will be replaced should someone need to leave the band,” the source said.

The band was scheduled to release a new album in December with Malcolm, but there is no word on whether or not that will be postponed due to Phil’s arrest.

— Lauren Cox

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