AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charged in Alleged Murder Plot

The rocker appeared in a New Zealand court to face multiple charges

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been charged with attempting to procure a murder after allegedly plotting to kill two men, according to multiple reports.

The rocker appeared in a New Zealand court Thursday but did not enter a plea, according to

His house was reportedly raided at 7 a.m., and he was released on bail later in the afternoon. One of his bail conditions is that he must not have any contact with anyone involved in the alleged plot, the Associated Press reports.

Rudd, 60, also also faces charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana and threatening to kill, BBC News reports.

AC/DC is set to release a new album, Rock or Bust, in December. In September, the band announced that guitarist Malcolm Young has dementia and will not be returning to the group.

On Thursday, the band said in a statement: “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.

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