AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleads guilty to drug possession and threatening to kill former employee

Rudd was allegedly angry that his solo album flopped

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Rudd was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men, but the second charge was dropped due to a lack of evidence. After the alleged threats were made, police raided Rudd’s home on November 6 where they found 130g (4.6 ounces) of marijuana and 0.7g of methamphetamine.

Now, as BBC News report, Rudd has appeared at at a court in Tauranga, New Zealand today (April 21), pleading guilty to the aforementioned charges, which he had previously denied.


The court heard that Rudd had fired a number of employees due to the poor sales of his solo album ‘Head Job’. It is alleged that he later told an associate that he wanted one of their former employees to be “taken out”. He is accused of offering the associate NZ$200,000 (£100,000) to complete the task.

BBC News also report that Rudd is accused of telephoning the alleged victim and threatening that he would “come over and kill you”. A court summary read: “As a result of threats made by the defendant, the victim was genuinely very fearful for his safety”.

Mr Rudd’s lawyer, Craig Tuck, defended his client and told reporters that the charge was “essentially revolved around an angry phone call – that was it”.

In December, Rudd told New Zealand’s One News: “I’m going back to work with AC/DC and I don’t care who likes it or who doesn’t. I want my job back and I want my reputation back.”

However, AC/DC later recruited former drummer Chris Slade to play with them at the Grammy Awards in February. Slade was a member of AC/DC between 1989-1994 and played on the album ‘The Razor’s Edge’. He was replaced by returning drummer Rudd.