The man allegedly hired as a hitman said Rudd wanted him as a bodyguard because he owed money to “working girls”.
Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey QC said Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones had made his decision because there was insufficient evidence to justify the charge.
Mabey said in a statement, “The charge alleging an Attempt to Procure Murder should never have been laid. The Crown Solicitor’s opinion was not sought. The charge is now withdrawn – within 24 hours of Mr Rudd’s first appearance in court.”
On Thursday, the 60-year-old musician was charged with attempting to procure murder, threatening to kill and possession of methamphetamine and cannabis and appeared in court following a police raid on his North Island home in New Zealand.
Mabey said he would defend the threatening to kill charge and that the drugs charges were “minor”.
His attorney adds that Rudd had “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”.
We smell a lawsuit!
If found guilty of threatening to kill, Rudd could face a maximum seven-year prison sentence, The New Zealand Herald reported.
He is scheduled to appear in court on November 27.
The man allegedly hired as a hitman by Rudd said he was asked to become his bodyguard after the rocker said he was threatened for not paying “working girls”.
The alleged hitman, whose name has been kept sealed, said that Rudd was the “Hugh Hefner of Tauranga”.
He claims the amount he spent on “company is like someone’s yearly wage”.
The man told Fairfax Media, “The girls that he gets, working girls and that, they’re p***ed off, he tells them ‘Nah I’m not paying you’ and then the partners come and say they want their money.”
A statement on AC/DC’s website reads, “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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