AC/DC’s Phil Rudd arrested after serving ten days of home detention sentence for murder threats

The band's ex drummer was found guilty of drugs possession and threatening to kill a former employee

Ex-AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested just ten days into his home detention sentence for drugs possession and threats to kill.

In April, Rudd, 61, 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.

Now, as Billboard reports, Rudd has been arrested again and has returned to jail. The musician’s lawyer refused to comment on the reason behind the arrest.

Judge Ingram previously insisted upon 24-hour monitoring and told the drummer that he would return to custody if he breached the conditions of his sentence.

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The musician, who has been replaced by former drummer Chris Slade in the band’s current line-up, addressed his departure from the group.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.”