AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is no longer facing a charge of attempting to procure murder. His lawyer, Paul Mabey, says the Crown solicitor withdrew the charge Friday in New Zealand, a day after police raided the rocker's home and arrested him.
Mabey says there was insufficient evidence to justify the murder-for-hire accusation. However, Rudd is still facing multiple drug possession charges and a charge of threatening to kill, which Mabey says they plan to defend. He also calls the drug charges "minor."
Rudd's AC/DC bandmates issued a statement after the drummer's initial court appearance Thursday, and said they were only aware of his arrest as the news was breaking. They added that Rudd's absence will not affect next month's release of their new album, Rock or Bust, or next year's planned tour.
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