AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd caused a stir when he entered court Tuesday on charges of threatening to kill and drug possession.
The Aussie musician, 60, was first charged with attempting to procure a murder after allegedly plotting to kill two men in early November, multiple outlets reported at the time, before the murder-for-hire charge was dropped just days later.
As BBC News reports, a New Zealand judge issued an arrest warrant for Rudd when he was late for his date. The warrant was withdrawn upon Rudd’s showing up, and the rocker entered no plea. While in court, the outlet reports he made a spectacle of himself, winking at press and then – as he was exiting the courthouse – jumped on his security guard’s back and was carried back to his vehicle.
Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, said his client will deny the threatening to kill charge and mentioned the drug accusations as “minor charges” before adding Rudd has suffered “incalculable damage.”
Meanwhile, AC/DC keeps on rocking, with their next album, Rock or Bust, dropping Dec. 2.
“We were resolved for us to go forward and I think Phil’s got it’s something he’s got to do himself. He’s got to sort himself out I think,” guitarist Angus Young, 59, said recently. “But we were resolved to go forward. So at this point it’s kind of a question mark. But if we’re touring, there will be a drummer in place, put it that way.”