NEW ZEALAND MAN SAYS AC/DC DRUMMER HIRED HIM AS BODYGUARD, NOT ASSASSIN
An unidentified man has claimed that he was approached by AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to work as Rudd’s bodyguard and not to kill two people, as originally reported when Rudd was arrested last month.
According to the New Zealand Herald, Rudd offered the man nearly $200,000 and one of the drummer’s luxury cars as compensation. The man said that he considered Rudd a “good fella” and that the entire incident was blown out of proportion.
- The murder-for-hire charged was dropped within hours of Rudd’s arrest at his New Zealand home on November 6th.
- Rudd does still face a charge of “threatening to kill” as a result of a phone call he placed to a contractor, in which he allegedly threatened the lives of the contractor and his daughter.
- Rudd, who also faces charges of possession of meth and marijuana, is due back in court on February 10th for a hearing on the “threatening to kill” charges.
- Rudd’s legal situation makes his position with AC/DC unclear at the moment. Although he did play on the band’s newly released album, Rock Or Bust, the group has not said whether he will be part of the lineup on next year’s world tour.