AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded guilty to charges of drug possession and one charge of threatening to kill, according to the New Zealand Herald. Rudd entered his pleas on Tuesday morning (April 21st) in a New Zealand courtroom with only a judge and no jury present. A second threatening to kill charge was dropped.
Rudd reportedly remained silent in court except when asked to enter his plea. He also refused to answer questions as he left the courthouse. Judge Robert Wolffe allowed Rudd to stay out on bail, with his existing bail conditions, until sentencing on June 26th.
According to court documents, police found 71 grams of methamphetamine and 130 grams of marijuana during a November 6th, 2014 raid on Rudd’s New Zealand home.
The raid was conducted after he was accused of threatening to kill an associate and his daughter during a phone call in September.
Prosecutors claimed that Rudd made a phone call on the morning of September 26th and allegedly spoke about “what he wanted done” to an unnamed man who had been working for him for three years.
The second call was allegedly to the unnamed man himself, and it was during this call that prosecutors claimed Rudd “threatened to kill him and his daughter.”
Rudd’s lawyer, Craig Tuck, said that the entire matter revolved around “an angry phone call — that was it.”
Rudd’s legal problems made his ability to tour with AC/DC a question mark, even though he did play on the band’s new album, Rock Or Bust. Chris Slade, who played with AC/DC from 1990 to 1993, was announced in February as the group’s drummer for its upcoming world tour.