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AC/DC’s Phil Rudd makes hectic court appearance

By | Published on Thursday 27 November 2014

Phil Rudd

AC/DC’s some-time (or as the case may be, one-time) drummer Phil Rudd has appeared in court on charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs.

The ‘rocker’ didn’t exactly maintain a low profile at yesterday’s hearing at the High Court in Tauranga, New Zealand, arriving so late that a warrant with a half-hour time limit was issued for his arrest, though this was quickly withdrawn when Rudd showed up minutes later.

With the hearing underway, the presiding judge informed him that his case was being transferred back to the District Court, a more serious charge against Rudd of attempting to hire a ‘hitman’ having been dropped shortly after it was brought against him earlier this month. Rudd, who is still to enter a plea, was bailed until 2 Dec.

On leaving the court, the musician was pictured giving the middle finger to photographers, and also jumping on his security guard’s back. He is also said to have backed his Porsche into the path of an oncoming lorry, which was forced to brake so as not to collide with Rudd’s car.