AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Pleads Guilty to Threatening to Kill and Drug Charges


Story by Anne Erickson

Phil Rudd of AC/DC has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, according to New Zealand’s ONE News, has pleaded guilty to three criminal charges: threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer admitted to the “dirty deeds” Tuesday (April 21) in a district court in his city of Tauranga, New Zealand.

ONE News reports Rudd faces a maximum seven-year prison sentence for the threatening to kill offense. The drug charges could end up a several-month sentence or monetary fine. Rudd’s case is currently adjourned until June 26. Rudd’s attorney, Craig Tuck, has stated he plans to apply for a discharge without conviction for Rudd. If that comes through, it could mean the rocker doesn’t have to serve any jail time.

Rudd was arrested last November and at first was charged with taking part in a murder-for-hire plot, but that charge was soon dropped.

No word yet on whether Rudd will ever rejoin AC/DC, but it doesn’t look promising. The classic rockers have announced that Chris Slade, who played with the guys from 1989 to 1994, will be playing drums on the band’s 2015 “Rock or Bust” world tour.