AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charged With Attempting to Procure Murder
Police raided the home of the 60 year-old this morning (Nov. 6 in New Zealand) and Rudd is expected to appear in Tauranga District Court. He's also charged with possession of methamphetamines, possession of marijuana and threatening to kill.
It's not the first time Rudd has run into trouble with the law. He was charged with possessing 25 grams of marijuana on his boat in Tauranga (which was later overturned on appeal) and just this past March, he was ordered by a court to pay $72,000 to former employees of his restaurant, Phil's Place, after he reportedly threw a tantrum and abruptly fired three of them.
Rudd -- the only member of AC/DC born in Australia (the others were born in Scotland and England) -- moved to New Zealand in 1983 after he was kicked out of the band. He rejoined AC/DC in 1994 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other members of AC/DC in 2003. However, Rudd was conspicuously absent in a promo photo of the band released just a few weeks ago.
Check out this interview with Rudd posted in August: