AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd got good news last November when charges of attempting to procure murder were dropped against him in New Zealand. His attorney, Craig Tuck, seemed to be on his way to getting Rudd off completely until yesterday–when Rudd pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. The plea came as a surprise: Rudd had previously denied all charges.
It was probably a savvy move by Rudd and Tuck, who said Rudd was really guilty of nothing more “than an angry phone call”–albeit one in which he admitted saying “I’m going to come over and kill you.” The target of these threats was Rudd’s personal assistant. Rudd’s lawyer told CNN in a note that he’d be seeking to have Rudd “discharged without conviction.” The drugs–pot and meth–were found in a search of Rudd’s home. AC/DC has been promoting its latest album, Rock or Bust, without Rudd.