Wednesday, November 26, 2014 AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd’s fight against an accusation of threatening to kill is set to take centre stage again. Rudd is due in the High Court in Tauranga, in New Zealand’s North Island, on Wednesday facing the charge, along with charges of possessing cannabis and methamphetamine. The 60-year-old Australian, who has lived in Tauranga for over 30 years, hit the headlines on November 6 when he appeared in court accused of attempting to hire a hitman to kill two people, as well as the charges he still faces. The more serious charge of attempting to procure murder that police laid was dropped the day after his first court appearance, Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones having decided there was insufficient evidence. Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey QC, said his client was angry the charge was laid in the first place and he would consider his legal options. “He is angry that he has received worldwide publicity in conjunction with the concept of murder,” Mr Mabey said after being told the charge was dropped. “The damage to Mr Rudd is incalculable.” Mr Mabey said Rudd denied the charge of threatening to kill and would defend it. Rudd played with AC/DC from 1975 until 1983, when he moved to Tauranga, and rejoined the rockers in 1994. He is missing from a video released on Tuesday to promote the band’s new album Rock or Bust, with another drummer filling in for him on the London shoot, and the court case has cast doubt on whether he’ll take part in AC/DC’s next world tour. AAP
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