AC/DC’s upcoming album Rock or Bust took on a new meaning for drummer PaulRudd, who was busted Thursday morning and charged with allegedly trying to have two men killed, possession of methamphetamine and cannabis and threatening to kill.
But Rudd, 60, received a bit of good news only 24 hours later, when the Crown Solicitor of Tauranga, New Zealand, where he was arrested, ruled to withdraw the charge of murder-for-hire due to “insufficient evidence.”
“The charge for alleging an attempt to procure murder should have never been laid,” Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey QC said in a statement. “The charge is now withdrawn. Mr. Rudd has suffered unnecessary and extremely damaging publicity as a result of widespread and sensational reporting of a very serious allegation, which on any basis was never justified.”
Still, New Zealand police tell PEOPLE that Rudd, who was released on bail, still faces three other charges and is scheduled to return to court Nov. 24.