N.Z. prosecutor drops charge against AC/DC drummer of attempting to procure murder

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    N.Z. prosecutor drops charge against AC/DC drummer of attempting to procure murder
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    Reuters

    First posted: Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:21 PM EST | Updated: Thursday, November 06, 2014 10:29 PM EST

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    WELLINGTON - A New Zealand prosecutor on Friday dropped a charge against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd that he attempted to procure the murder of two people, but Rudd still faces charges of threatening to kill.

    One day after Rudd was arrested and charged with attempting to procure murder, threatening to kill and possession of narcotics, a New Zealand government prosecutor said the most serious charge had been dropped because of a lack of evidence.

    "There was insufficient evidence to proceed with the charge of attempting to procure murder," prosecuting lawyer Greg Hollister-Jones said in a statement on Friday.

    Rudd's lawyer said police did not consult the prosecutor before laying the charge of attempting to procure the murder of two people in Tauranga, a city on New Zealand's North Island.

    "The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid," Paul Mabey said.

    Mabey said Rudd had suffered "incalculable" damage from unnecessary and damaging publicity arising from the arrest, and reporting of a serious allegation which was never justified".

    He said the 60-year-old Rudd, who is on bail to reappear at the end of the month, would defend the threatening to kill charge, which has a maximum sentence of seven years in jail. Mabey said the drug charges were minor offences.

    The Australian-born Rudd has lived in the seaside city, about 200 kms (125 miles) southeast of New Zealand's biggest city Auckland, since he was sacked from the band in 1983.

    He rejoined AC/DC in 1994, but has remained in New Zealand, where he owns a restaurant.

    He was convicted and fined for possessing cannabis in 2010.

    AC/DC is due to officially launch their first album in more than five years - Rock or Bust - on Dec 2.

    In a statement after Rudd's arrest the band said his absence would not affect the album's release or a planned tour next year.
     
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    " One Tooth Loose " is my fictional AC/DC song that I made up as a teenager and for some reason I never forgot it. It sounds like a title they would use. Maybe a sequel to Kicked in the teeth again. :ucoffee:
     
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    Unfortunately Rudd was subsequently charged in a plot to overthrow the United Nations.
     
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    • Alleged hitman says AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was in a dispute with 'working girls'
    • The man said Rudd was still a 'good fella' with a 'big heart '
    • Rudd, 60, said nothing during a brief, shoeless appearance in court Thursday afternoon

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    Earlier, the man allegedly hired as a hitman by Rudd said he was asked to become his bodyguard after the rocker said he was threatened for not paying 'working girls'.

    The alleged hitman, whose name has been suppressed, told The Sydney Morning Herald in an exclusive interview, that Rudd was the 'Hugh Hefner of Tauranga' claiming that the amount he spent on 'company is like someone's yearly wage'.

    The man told Fairfax Media: 'The girls that he gets, working girls and that, they're p***ed off, he tells them "Nah I'm not paying you" and then the partners come and say they want their money.'

    The ageing rocker was silent during a brief, shoeless appearance in Tauranga District Court that afternoon and has been released on bail until his next appearance on November 27.

    According to court documents, Rudd is accused of attempting to hire one person to kill two others between September 25 and September 26.
    He is also accused of threatening to kill a complainant on September 26.

    Biographer Jesse Fink, author of the new book, The Youngs: The Brothers Who Built AC/DC, said he was 'stunned, absolutely stunned'.
    Mr Fink told Daily Mail Australia Rudd had 'deteriorated' in recent years.
    'You go back and you see photos of Phil from the '70s, he's a beautiful man, a very handsome man.
    'To see someone deteriorate as much as he has is quite alarming.'

    The Australian-born drummer has lived in Tauranga for a number of years.
    He first moved to New Zealand in 1983 after being sacked by the band, but hooked up with the band again in 1994.

    Rudd was noticeably absent from some promotional material and photographs for AC/DC's 16th studio album, Rock or Bust, which will be released in Australia on November 28.
    His absence sparked rumours among fans that something was going on.
    'I don't think AC/DC did themselves a great service by not saying anything,' Mr Fink said.
    'All they did was just fuel the rumour mill, which has been churning for some time now.

    Rudd also released a solo album, Head Job, in September.

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