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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charged With ‘Attempting to Procure a Murder’

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Update (11PM ET): This story has been updated with breaking news about the shocking details of the case. Get the latest information below.

Absolutely shocking news coming out of New Zealand, where AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is being charged with attempting to procure a murder. The veteran rocker apparently tried to have two men killed.

According to a report by, the 60-year-old rock drummer’s home in New Zealand was raided Thursday morning (Nov. 6), and he was also charged with possession of meth and cannabis, as well as ‘threatening to kill.’

A haggard looking Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court in New Zealand on Thursday afternoon and did not enter a plea to the charges. He allegedly tried to hire a hit man to murder two men. Rudd is currently out on bail and has been ordered to not have any contact with the man he apparently tried to hire to carry out the killings. He faces up to 10 years in prison (according to local journalist Tony Wall), and is scheduled for a court hearing on Nov. 27.

The alleged incident in which Rudd attempted to hire the hit man took place between Sept. 25 and Sept. 26, according to sunlive.

One of the alleged targeted victims said he wanted to speak to a lawyer before commenting on the matter.

It’s not known whether this shocking development is the reason why Rudd was not present at the recent video shoot for two songs off AC/DC’s upcoming ‘Rock or Bust’ album. He also didn’t appear in the band’s most recent promotional photo.

A video report showing Rudd in court can be seen here. Stay tuned to Loudwire as more details from this startling story emerge.

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