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UPDATE: Charge Against AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Dropped After Alleged Hitman Claims Charges Were 'hot air'

TAURANGA, NZ (CelebrityAccess) — The charge of attempting "procure murder" that AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was facing was abruptly dropped after the alleged hitman said that the incident had been blown out of proportion.

The man, named in court documents as the “intended hitman” told the New Zealand Herald that he was a family man and a friend of Rudd and that the charges were “hot air”.

Paul Mabey QC, a lawyer for Rudd said in a statement: "The charge alleging an attempt to procure murder should never have been laid".

However, while the charge of attempting to procure an assassin was dropped, Rudd is still facing charges of possessing drugs and threatening to kill, the New Zealand Herald reported.

Rudd was arrested on Thursday after raided his home in Tauranga, an island off New Zealand. At the time, he was accused of threatening to kill someone, attempting to hire someone in a murder plot for two other people. He was also charged with possession of cannabis and methamphetamine.

Rudd entered a no plea to the remaining charges and will next appear in court on November 27th. – Staff Writers