The drummer has now been released on bail
Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been released on bail after he was arrested just 10 days into his home detention sentence for drugs possession and threats to kill.
The Australian-born musician, 61, was released on bail on Monday (July 20) after being arrested for reportedly breaching the conditions of his home detention sentence by allegedly possessing and consuming alcohol.
The New Zealand Herald reports that prostitutes were present at Rudd’s home on New Zealand’s North Island when he was arrested on Saturday night (July 18).
Rudd has released on bail and will appear in court to enter a plea to the charges next month (August 3). Rudd will be required to undergo drug and alcohol testing upon police request.
In April, Rudd pleaded guilty to charges of making murder threats and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis. On July 9, he was sentenced to eight months of home detention.
The court 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The musician, who has been replaced by former drummer Chris Slade in the band’s current line-up, addressed his departure from the group.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.”