Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded not guilty to breaching the conditions of his home detention sentence.
The Australian-born musician, 61, was arrested last month (July 18) for allegedly breaching the conditions of his sentence by allegedly possessing and consuming alcohol.
The New Zealand Herald reported that prostitutes were present at Rudd’s home on New Zealand’s North Island when he was arrested, but it is not known whether charges include this.
Asked by reporters about the hearing on Monday (August 3), Rudd said “The only thing I’m nervous about is I don’t actually don’t know what’s going on”.
Rudd has been allowed to remain in home confinement on bail until a hearing regarding the alleged breach in November.
On July 9, Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention for possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and threats to kill.
The court had heard that Rudd had fired a number of employees due to the poor sales of his solo album ‘Head Job’, with it alleged that he later told an associate that he wanted one of his former employees to be “taken out”. Rudd allegedly offered the associate NZ$200,000 (£100,000) to complete the task.
Speaking to Australia’s A Current Affair recently about the murder threat incident, Rudd said: “I was pretty stressed at the time. I got back [to Australia] and the people who I had working for me for this [album] launch – it was a total fucking disaster. So I was really pissed off.” Rudd continued to express regret for his actions, adding, “I’ve seen the errors of my ways… It’s onward and upward from here.”
The musician, who has been replaced by former drummer Chris Slade in the band’s current line-up, addressed his departure from the group. He revealed: “I wrote them a letter, I tried to get in contact with Angus [Young, guitarist]… I’ve had no contact with anybody. I’m very disappointed… But, you know, that’s life. I’m sure they’re having a great old time I’m sure they’re really enjoying playing. I’m sure it really sounds great.”
Rudd also seemed keen on rejoining the band in the future. He said: “There’ll be another tour and another and I’ll be on it. It’ll go until we all die. We’ll probably all have to be dead before it stops.”