The drummer denies making the death threats in a phone call back in September
Credit: Alan Gibson/New Zealand Herald/AP

For the first time, New Zealand prosecutors have publicly outlined their case against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd. On Friday, they said that he called a man who had worked for him for three years and threatened to kill him and his daughter.

The details were in a brief one-page “summary of facts” released by prosecutors.

They have charged the 60-year-old drummer with threatening to kill, which comes with a maximum prison sentence of seven years, as well as possessing methamphetamine and marijuana. He has pleaded not guilty and faces a judge-only trial next year.

Prosecutors said that on Sept. 26, Rudd first called a business associate and talked about “what he wanted done” to the man, before calling the man and making the threats. Prosecutors said the man worked for Rudd under a contract arrangement.

According to prosecutors, Rudd told police he didn’t make the alleged phone calls and had not threatened to kill anyone.

Prosecutors said police searched Rudd’s home in the small city of Tauranga on Nov. 6 and found 130 grams (4.6 ounces) of marijuana and 0.7 grams (0.02 ounces) of methamphetamine. They said Rudd did acknowledge possessing a small amount of marijuana.

The release of the document came a day after Rudd was detained by police after getting into a scuffle with a witness in his case. Mabey said it was a “chance meeting” between the pair in Tauranga that developed into a scuffle.

Rudd’s lawyer, Craig Tuck, said his client acknowledged the scuffle with the witness, who happened to be in a coffee shop at the same time, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

Rudd was later released on bail without further charges, although a judge did impose an additional bail condition that he not consume illegal drugs.

Rudd’s future with the popular Australian band remains uncertain. The band this week released its new album, Rock or Bust.