Sound familiar? This is certainly a rock trend we hope isn’t here to stay, as following As I Lay Dying frontman Tim Lambesis’ attempt to hire a hitman to murder his wife last year, we’re now hearing AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged, similarly, with attempting to procure (or—hire someone to carry out) the murder of two unnamed people.
UPDATE (November 7, 2014 @ 10:30 a.m. EST):
The charge of “attempting to procure murder” against Rudd has been dropped due to insufficient evidence.
Rudd appeared in New Zealand court yesterday after having been detained following a recent raid on his home, according to the New Zealand Herald, charged with attempting to procure murder and threatening to kill along with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
Details of the case allege that Rudd had attempted to hire a hitman to murder two others in late September, between the 26th and 27th.
Rudd is currently out on bail until his next court appearance on November 27 and has been ordered to stay in his hometown of Tauranga, NZ where he is to have no contact with anyone related to his charges.
The other members of AC/DC issued the following statement to Rolling Stone: “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.”