According to New Zealand prosecutors, the charges faced by former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd relate to an alleged threat to kill a man and his daughter.
The details of the allegations have been made public for the first time, a day after Phil Rudd breached his bail by having contact with a witness.
Phil Rudd, 60, has denied threatening to kill and drug possession.
He was originally also charged with attempting to procure murder, but this was later dropped for lack of evidence.
New Zealand prosecutors on December 5 released details of their allegations against him, stating that on the morning of September 26, Phil Rudd had made two phone calls.
The first was to a business associate where he allegedly “spoke about what he wanted done to” the unnamed man, who had been working for him for three years.
The second phone call was to the man himself, in which Phil Rudd allegedly “threatened to kill him and his daughter”.
On November 6, police searched Phil Rudd’s home in Tauranga and found 130g (4.6 ounces) of marijuana and 0.7g of methamphetamine.
Phil Rudd acknowledged possessing the marijuana, prosecutors allege, but denied both threatening to kill the contractor and making the phone calls.
He could be jailed up to seven years if found guilty of threatening to kill. Possession of cannabis carries a sentence of three months and methamphetamine possession six months.
On December 4, Phil Rudd was recalled to Tauranga District Court after he was found to have breached his bail conditions by coming into contact with a prosecution witness. The encounter ended in scuffles.
Phil Rudd’s lawyer said he had run into the witness at a coffee shop in a shopping centre by chance.
The drummer was re-released on bail but the conditions were tightened to specifically include a ban on taking illegal drugs.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has had a charge of attempting to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand.
The U-turn by authorities, announced less than 24 hours after Phil Rudd appeared in court, was because of a lack of evidence, his lawyer Paul Mabey said.
He will still face charges of drugs possession and making threats to kill.
AC/DC had earlier issued a statement saying its planned tour would not be affected by news of the charges.
The band is one of the highest grossing music acts of all time.
Phil Rudd was kicked out of AC/DC in 1983 and rejoined in 1994
On November 6, Phil Rudd appeared in court after a police raid on his waterfront house in Tauranga, on New Zealand’s North Island.
However, on November 7, prosecuting lawyer Greg Hollister-Jones said his office had reviewed the case and found there was “insufficient evidence to proceed with the charge of attempting to procure murder”.
Phil Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, said the “charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid”.
He added that Phil Rudd had suffered “incalculable” damage from the publicity surrounding the allegation and its sensational reporting, and would consider “any possible remedies he may have”.
He described the drug charges as “minor” offences and said the musician would defend the charge of making threats to kill, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years in jail.
Phil Rudd, 60, is next due in court on November 27. AC/DC is launching its new album on December 2.
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has appeared in a New Zealand court on charges of attempting to arrange a murder.
Phil Rudd, who was born in Australia, has also been charged with possessing the drugs methamphetamine and cannabis, and of making threats to kill.
The musician’s waterfront house in Tauranga, on New Zealand’s North Island, was raided on Thursday morning, November 6.
AC/DC are due to release a new album later this year.
Phil Rudd, 60, was released on bail after a brief appearance at Tauranga district court.
As part of his bail conditions, he must not have any contact with anyone involved in the alleged murder plot.
Phil Rudd has appeared in a New Zealand court on charges of attempting to arrange a murder
Local media reports say that the alleged plot targeted two men. The judge ruled that their names as well as that of the alleged hit-man cannot be revealed.
Phil Rudd will appear in court again on November 27. He has yet to enter a plea.
Under New Zealand law, the charge of attempting to “procure” a murder carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years.
A police official quoted by the SunLive news website said the information that led to the raid on the house was provided by a member of the public.
Phil Rudd was kicked out of the band in 1983 and rejoined in 1994.
Phil Rudd did not appear in a new photo of AC/DC members released last month to promote their upcoming album Rock Or Bust, and was reportedly absent from the filming of a new music video, prompting online speculation about whether he was still in the band.
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