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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Charged In Murder For Hire Plot

TAURANGA, NZ (CelebrityAccess) — Phil Rudd, the 60 year old drummer of the hard rock band AC/DC, has appeared in a New Zealand court to face a bill of charges that includes attempting to orchestrate two murders and drug possession.

According to the BBC, police raided Rudd's home in Tauranga, on New Zealand's North Island on Thursday morning and Rudd has subsequently also been charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.

Details, including the names of the intended victims of the alleged murder plot were not made available to the public, however local media is reporting that the alleged targets were two men.

Under New Zealand law, the crime of attempting to procure a murder carries a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee retired to Tauranga in 2010 and owns a restaurant there.

In October, AC/DC released the first single from their fifteenth studio album "Rock or Bust." The album is due on Dec. 2nd and the band had announced tour plans and it is unclear how Rudd's legal troubles might affect the tour. However, AC/DC members Brian Johnson and Angus Young told the BBC that they are still planning to tour the album.

Rudd's former AC/DC manger, Michael Browning told the Daily Mail Australia that the charge was "a bit of a shock, but there you go.” — Staff Writers