That was quick.
A New Zealand police charge of “attempting to procure murder” against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been dropped.
The 60-year-old rocker, who is on bail and is set to reappear in court at the end of the month, still faces one charge of threatening to kill as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannabis, which his lawyer described as “minor.”
Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, said Friday that the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones withdrew the attempting-to-procure-murder charge after a meeting with Mabey and police.
“I was advised by the Crown Solicitor Hollister-Jones that he had reviewed the police file and the available evidence to support the charge of attempting to procure murder.
“He had formed the view that there was insufficient evidence to justify that charge. He has now withdrawn the charge.”
“The charge… 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 The charge is now withdrawn — within 24 hours of Mr.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.”
He said his client 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.
“The damage to Mr. Rudd is incalculable. Questions arise as to the degree of care taken by those responsible for arresting and charging him with attempting to procure murder.”
Mabey said Rudd would defend the threatening to kill charge.
Rudd was arrested Thursday morning for allegedly trying to hire a hitman to kill two men.
The alleged events reportedly took place between September 25 and September 26.
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