AC/DC DRUMMER MISSES COURT DATE, WILL FACE ‘JUDGE-ONLY’ TRIAL
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd didn’t show up in Tauranga District Court in New Zealand on Tuesday morning (December 2nd) for his second hearing on charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. According to the New Zealand Herald, a “not guilty” plea to the charges was entered by his lawyer.
Judge Tom Ingram ruled that Rudd’s case would likely be heard at a “judge-alone” trial next year, meaning that no jury will be present. A further case review for Rudd will be held at the same court on February 10th.
- Rudd was arrested in early November on charges of attempting to arrange a murder, threatening to kill and possession of meth and marijuana.
- The murder-for-hire charge was dropped quickly but Rudd still faces several years in prison if convicted of the others.
- Rudd showed up late for his last court appearance on November 26th and had his bodyguard give him a piggyback ride to his car after the hearing was over. Rudd then backed up the vehicle into the path of an oncoming truck, almost causing an accident.
- Although Rudd played on AC/DC’s new album, Rock Or Bust, his status with the band is questionable. It’s not clear whether he will join them on their world tour next year.
- Rock Or Bust, AC/DC’s 16th studio album, came out on Tuesday (December 2nd).