AC/DC Drummer PHIL RUDD Escaped Jail Time
Estranged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd escaped jail time after pleading guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. The 61-year-old faced up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge… instead, Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention.
Rudd, who has been struggling with a longstanding meth addiction, was sentenced on Thursday (July 9) at Tauranga District Court on New Zealand’s North Island.
Phil’s son submitted an affidavit of support to the court in which he said that his dad “has a heart of gold and wouldn’t hurt a fly. It’s just when the drugs take over, he behaves how he taught me not to,” the son wrote.
Rudd reportedly threatened a former employee after his first solo effort, “Head Job”, flopped. It was a month later that he called an associate and asked him to “take out” Rudd’s personal assistant, whom Rudd then called himself and said, “I’m going to come over and kill you.”
Rudd offered the associate $200,000, a motorbike and the choice of one of his cars or a house as payment for the hit, which the associate turned down.
When police later raided Rudd’s waterside home in the New Zealand town of Tauranga, they spoke with him in his lounge. At one point he picked up a container from the coffee table and put it on the floor. Later testing of the container found cannabis crumbs.
“I was pretty stressed at the time,” Rudd told Australia’s “A Current Affair”.
“I got back here and the people who I had working for me for this
He added: “I’ve seen the errors of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.”