Phil Rudd, drummer for AC/DC, will not face charges of attempted murder. According to TMZ, attorneys for Phil Rudd stated that police and prosecutors have dropped the murder charge against him for allegedly plotting to murder two people.
Attorneys for Rudd say the murder charges against the famous AC/DC members could not be proven since there is a lack of evidence in the case, but police are moving forward with the “threatening to kill” charge and the drug charge for possession of marijuana and meth, according to BBC News.
Phil Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, thinks it is a shame the way the story was sensationalized without true basis. Specifically, Mabey states,
“Mr Rudd has 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 Inquisitr reported yesterday that the beloved AC/DC drummer had been arrested and charged with drug possession after law enforcement officials found illegal drugs in his Tauranga home during a police raid. Located in the Bay of Plenty region of New Zealand, Tauranga is known for its spectacular views, beautiful beaches, parks and outdoor activities.
It was also originally reported that the rocker was charged with plotting the murder of two individuals. When news of the arrest and the charges were made public, a rep for AC/DC band members posted the following message to fans on their social media pages.
“We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.”
AC/DC’s hard rock band, which came on the scene in the early 1970’s, has continued to mesmerize fans with killer rock songs that still move live audiences. The legendary “Highway To Hell” group has paved the way for many other rock bands, yet still keeps its place among rock giants like Fleetwood Mac and Journey.
Their social media following is indicative of their continued relevance—even today, with over 100,000 Twitter followers and almost 31 million Facebook fans. Despite the sad state of affairs, the fans continue to support the band and Phil Rudd, begging the existing group members not to forget about Rudd because he needs them during this difficult time.
AC/DC, which has distanced themselves from the messy scandal, is due to release their upcoming album “Rock or Bust” on December 2.
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