Phil Rudd, longtime drummer for Anglo-Australian hard rock legends AC/DC, is reportedly set to appear in the Tauranga District Court this afternoon. According to Stuff.co.nz, the drummer has been charged with attempting to procure a murder.
While details at the moment are scant, the New Zealand outlet reports that the charge was laid against Rudd after police raided his home on the Tauranga waterfront at Matua this morning. He is also charged with possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis, and threatening to kill.
Police confirmed that a 60-year-old man would appear in court today. The report comes after the drummer recently missed a promotional video shoot in the UK, with fellow drummer Bob Richards filling his spot. Furthermore, Rudd was also left out of a recent promo photo of the legendary group.
Rudd is the only Australian-born member of the band, relocating to New Zealand in 1983 after he was kicked out of the band. Rudd rejoined the group in 1994 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the other members of AC/DC in 2003.
The events come after a tumultuous period for AC/DC, who have a new album, Rock or Bust, slated for release later this month. Last month, it was confirmed that departed guitarist Malcolm Young is suffering from dementia and has been placed in specialty care.