Tuesday 10 December 2019

AC/DC star Phil Rudd drums up a storm in drugs case

Phil Rudd drummer for the rock band AC/DC, jumps onto the back of his security guard after his short court hearing in the High Court at Tauranga, New Zealand. The 60-year-old is charged with threatening to kill, which comes with a maximum prison sentence of seven years, as well as possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. AP Photo/New Zealand Herald
Phil Rudd drummer for the rock band AC/DC, jumps onto the back of his security guard after his short court hearing in the High Court at Tauranga, New Zealand. The 60-year-old is charged with threatening to kill, which comes with a maximum prison sentence of seven years, as well as possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. AP Photo/New Zealand Herald
Phil Rudd stands in the dock in the High Court at Tauranga, New Zealand. AP Photo/New Zealand Herald

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd made a bewildering appearance at court in New Zealand, turning up late to face charges of drug possession and threatening to kill before drumming on the dock and leaping onto his bodyguard's back.

The judge initially threatened to issue an arrest warrant after Rudd failed to appear at 9am.

"The only information I can give you is he is not here," said Paul Mabey, his lawyer. Minutes later, the 60-year-old arrived, wearing a T-shirt and jeans during his brief appearance. He was remanded on bail until December 2 and reportedly drummed a quick rhythm on the dock before leaving the courtroom.

His lawyer said he will defend the charge of threatening to kill a person, which has a maximum seven-year jail sentence. Rudd, who was born in Australia, faces charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, but a separate charge of attempting to procure murder has been dropped.

Following the hearing, Rudd continued his antics and jumped on his bodyguard's back, before entering his car and reversing it into the path of an oncoming truck, which came to a sudden stop. Rudd abused the media pack and said he was asked by his lawyer not to answer questions, adding "thanks for asking".

AC/DC, which has sold more than 200 million albums, is due to release a new album next week. Rudd did not appear in the publicity photo or a video clip for the album's title track, 'Rock or Bust'.

(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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