An update from yesterday's shocking news story - Phil Rudd will no longer face charges of attempting to procure murder.
Yesterday, news broke that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was being charged with attempting to procure the murder of two people, alongside charges for possession of cannabis and methamphetamine, and making threats to kill.
Today, the charges against him for attempting to procure murder have been dropped due to insufficient evidence. He will still face the charges for drug possesion and making threats to kill. After appearing in court on Thursday, Rudd was released on bail and told he must not contact anyone involved in the murder plot.
Following that court appearance, a spokesperson for Tauranga Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones said the case had been reviewed and found there was "insufficient evidence to proceed with the charge of attempting to procure murder".
His lawyer, Paul Mabey has said that Rudd suffered "incalculable" damage from the allegations, and that Rudd will defend the charges of making threats to kill. If convicted on that count, Rudd could face seven years in jail.
AC/DC made their own statement yesterday before the charges were dropped that reads as follows:
"We've only become aware of Phil's arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year."
Meanwhile, the alleged intended hitman told the New Zealand Herald that the matter had been blown out of proportion and that the charges brought against Rudd were "hot air".
Rudd will appear again in court on November 27.
AC/DC's long-awaited new album 'Rock or Bust' is scheduled for release on December 01. You can hear the first single from the album, 'Play Ball' below.