AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has appeared in a New Zealand court on charges of attempting to arrange a murder.
Phil Rudd, who was born in Australia, has also been charged with possessing the drugs methamphetamine and cannabis, and of making threats to kill.
The musician’s waterfront house in Tauranga, on New Zealand’s North Island, was raided on Thursday morning, November 6.
AC/DC are due to release a new album later this year.
Phil Rudd, 60, was released on bail after a brief appearance at Tauranga district court.
As part of his bail conditions, he must not have any contact with anyone involved in the alleged murder plot.
Phil Rudd has appeared in a New Zealand court on charges of attempting to arrange a murder
Local media reports say that the alleged plot targeted two men. The judge ruled that their names as well as that of the alleged hit-man cannot be revealed.
Phil Rudd will appear in court again on November 27. He has yet to enter a plea.
Under New Zealand law, the charge of attempting to “procure” a murder carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years.
A police official quoted by the SunLive news website said the information that led to the raid on the house was provided by a member of the public.
Phil Rudd was kicked out of the band in 1983 and rejoined in 1994.
Phil Rudd did not appear in a new photo of AC/DC members released last month to promote their upcoming album Rock Or Bust, and was reportedly absent from the filming of a new music video, prompting online speculation about whether he was still in the band.
Tim Lambesis has been sentenced to six years in prison for plotting to kill his ex-wife, Meggan Lambesis.
In February, the As I Lay Dying singer pleaded guilty to soliciting an undercover cop to murder Meggan Lambesis.
Tim Lambesis has been sentenced to six years in prison for plotting to kill his ex-wife
On Friday, Tim Lambesis learned of his punishment at a hearing in San Diego Superior Court, as three of his bandmates watched on.
Meggan Lambesis, who has also filed a $2 million civil suit against her former husband, spoke at the sentencing, claiming that the rocker’s behavior had changed drastically in the months leading up to his arrest in May, 2013.
Tim Lambesis was charged with one count of solicitation to commit murder and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime and has been under house arrest since pleading guilty to offering a sheriff’s deputy, posing as a hitman, $1,000 to kill Meggan. He also gave the agent his wife’s address and the security code to her front door.
The singer’s bandmates have announced a hiatus to allow him time to deal with his legal woes.
As he awaited sentencing, Tim Lambesis and bandmate Jordan Mancino released a statement which read: “As I Lay Dying is sleeping rather than dead… Tim has acknowledged his guilt and clearly made some bad decisions in a period of time where he acted contrary to the person he’s been most of his life.
“He believes As I Lay Dying should only pick back up if it’s in a form restored to its roots. For Tim, the potential of pursuing As I Lay Dying again means working on a lot of other more important things in his personal life first.”
As I Lay Dying’ Tim Lambesis has pleaded guilty to attempting to hire an undercover agent to murder his estranged wife.
The metal band singer, who initially denied the charge, could face nine years in prison for the attempted contract killing.
Tim Lambesis, 32, who formed As I Lay Dying in San Diego in 2000, has sold more than a million albums.
He remains free on $2 million bail until he is sentenced on May 2 in Vista Superior Court, California.
Tim Lambesis has pleaded guilty to attempting to hire an undercover agent to murder his estranged wife
Tim Lambesis had asked a personal trainer at his gym to help him get rid of his wife Meggan, claiming she had restricted his visits with their three adopted children after they separated in September 2012.
The singer was arrested in May 2013 after prosecutors said he met a sheriff’s deputy posing as a hitman, called Red, and handed over $1,000 along with his wife’s address and front door security code.
The undercover agent, San Diego County Sheriff’s Officer Howard Bradley, testified last year that Tim Lambesis met him at an Oceanside bookshop in May and said he wanted his wife “gone”.
Howard Bradley said he asked Tim Lambesis directly if he wanted his wife killed, and the singer replied: “Yes, I do.”