Sunday, July 19, 2015
AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been arrested in New Zealand just 10 days after starting an 8-month home detention sentence on threatening to kill and drugs charges stemming from a series of incidents in 2014.
Stuff.co.nz reports little information is known after police arrested the drummer at his home in Tauranga on Saturday night.
"All I can say is he has been arrested and will be appearing on Monday at 10am in the Tauranga District Court,” said Rudd's lawyer Craig Tuck. “That's all I can say for now and that's all I am telling everyone who is calling.".
"[Phil Rudd's] lawyer has previously indicated to police that media attention is not helpful,” added Bay of Plenty Police. “We are not making any comment until after tomorrow morning's court appearance."
The New Zealand Herald reports prostitutes were present at Rudd's home at the time of his arrest.
In April, the drummer entered a guilty plea to one count of threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis.
At his July 9 sentencing, the Judge banned Rudd from taking any drugs not prescribed to him and that he will be monitored 24 hours a day during his home detention, which he’ll serve at his waterfront Tauranga mansion; the drummer has filed an appeal in the case.
After Rudd recorded “Rock Or Bust” with AC/DC in Vancouver last year, the band hired former member Chris Slade to handle drum duties in his place for the group’s world tour, which launched on April 10 at Coachella.
Rudd was a member of AC/DC from 1975–83 and again from 1994–onward; while he isn’t touring with the group at the moment, his official status with the band remains unknown.
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