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AC/DC Drummer Gets ‘Hitman’ Charges Dropped

Less than a day after his high-profile arrest in New Zealand, AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has the most serious charge against him — the accusation that he attempted to hire a hitman to kill two people — dropped.

According to Rudd’s lawyer, the prosecution found “there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge,” and immediately withdrew it. The charge “should never have been laid,” Queen’s Counsel Paul Mabey said in a statement, adding that Rudd had “suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which, on any basis, was never justified.”

The so-called “hitman” named in the complaint filed by police told the New Zealand Herald that he was just a normal family man, and found the charges against Rudd to be nothing but “hot air.”

The 60-year-old Rudd still faces up to seven years in prison for threatening to kill someone. He also faces some sort of charge for possession of cannabis and methamphetamine, both of which were found in a police raid yesterday on his Tauranga home.

[The Guardian]
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