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AC/DC's drummer in scuffle with witness


Phil Rudd

Phil Rudd

Troubled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd

Troubled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd


Phil Rudd

Troubled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was detained by police after scuffling with a witness in his pending court case before being released without facing further charges.

His lawyer, Paul Mabey, said Rudd (60) appeared in court in his home city of Tauranga, New Zealand, accused of breaching his bail conditions by associating with a witness. Mr Mabey said it was a "chance meeting" and Rudd was freed on bail.

Last month, police charged the Australian with threatening to kill, which carries a maximum prison sentence of seven years, as well as possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. He has pleaded not guilty.


Columbus Coffee cafe owner Leo Rojas said he saw Rudd swear and try to punch a larger man on the pavement outside.

Mr Rojas said Rudd was shorter and skinnier than the other man, who twice pushed the musician to the ground.

"It was like a Chihuahua trying to fight a big dog," he said.

He said the man at first appeared to be trying to walk away but then lost his temper and pushed Rudd on to the pavement. Rudd's bodyguard tried to calm the drummer, but Rudd then began attacking the minder, Mr Rojas said.