AC/DC Drummer Admits To Drugs Charges And Threatening To Kill

21 April 2015 | 12:17 pm | Staff Writer

Phil Rudd had previously denied all charges

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Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has today appeared at Tauranga District Court, pleading guilty to possession of 0.71g of methamphetamine and 130g of cannabis, and one of two counts of threatening to kill.

According to, the second charge of threatening to kill was withdrawn by the Crown Prosecutor, Anna Pollett. 

Rudd had previously denied both drug and murder charges, as we reported last December.

The court heard in the summary of facts that Rudd had called a colleague on September 25 at 8.12pm asking for a former security guard turned personal assistant to be "taken out", because the solo album he had released last August "didn't go well". 

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Rudd is believed to have offered the colleague $200,000, a house, motorbikes and cars in payment for the request.

The following day, Rudd is said to have called the victim at 8.27am, saying "I'm going to come over and kill you".

Rudd was booted from the band and officially replaced by Chris Slade, who drummed for the rock outfit between 1989 and 1994. 

AC/DC played a comeback show at Coachella last weekend in Palm Strings and are currently getting ready to kick off their Rock Or Bust tour. 

The band recently announced extra shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth on their upcoming Rock Or Bust tour.