The charge brought against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd yesterday for attempting to procure the murder of two people has been dropped.
Mr Rudd, who is currently on bail, was charged with threatening to kill, attempting to procure murder and possession of narcotics. Today the prosecutor said the most serious charge had been dropped due to lack of evidence.
Mr Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey said “The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid.”
He went on to say that Mr Rudd had suffered “incalculable” damage from publicity arising from the arrest.
He said the 60-year-old will defend the threatening to kill charge, and that the drug charges were minor offences.
AC/DC are due to launch their new album Rock or Bust on December 2nd. After Mr Rudd’s arrest, the band released a statement saying the album’s release and their planned tour next year would not be affected by Mr. Rudd’s absence.