AC/DC Drummer PHIL RUDD Charged With Breaching Home Detention ConditionsJuly 19, 2015
According to the Otago Daily Times, estranged AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been released on bail after his latest arrest.
The 61-year-old rocker appeared in Tauranga District Court in Tauranga, New Zealand Monday morning (July 20) less than two days after was detained because police believed he had been drinking. He has been charged with possessing and consuming alcohol — a breach of the conditions of an eight-month home detention sentence handed down to earlier this month.
Rudd is expected to return to court on August 3 to answer the latest charge.
The drummer is appealing his sentence of eight months' home detention after pleading guilty to charges of attempting to "procure a murder" and drug possession. He faced up to seven years behind bars.
Rudd's son submitted an affidavit to the court which said in part that his father "has a heart of gold and wouldn't hurt a fly. It's just when the drugs take over, he behaves how he taught me not to." Rudd has reportedly been struggling with a meth addiction.
Prior the ruling, the court was told that Rudd's actions were the result of psychosis, brought on by drugs. While he initially denied the allegations, he submitted a guilty plea in April.
Rudd played with AC/DC for 30 years and performed on AC/DC's new album, "Rock Or Bust". Chris Slade, who played with AC/DC from 1990 to 1993, was announced in February as the group's drummer for its current world tour.
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