AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Pleads Not Guilty


AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Pleads Not Guilty!!!

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs, media said. is reporting that Rudd, 60, who has been on bail since his arrest early last month, was excused from appearing in Tauranga District Court. His plea was entered by his lawyer.

Here is what is being reported:

The threatening to kill charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.

An original charge of trying to procure murder was withdrawn because of a lack of evidence by a New Zealand government prosecutor a day after the charges were laid.

Rudd remains on bail, with a procedural hearing set down for February next year.

The Australian-born Rudd has lived in the seaside city of Tauranga, about 200 km (125 miles) southeast of Auckland, since he was sacked from the heavy metal band in 1983.

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

AC/DC released their first album in more than five years called Rock or Bust on Monday.