AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty to threatening to kill, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of cannabis in a New Zealand court on Tuesday. He is now facing a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
According to prosecutors, Rudd threatened to kill a former employee and the employee’s 10-year-old daughter during a phone call in September 2014. Rudd was also initially charged with attempting to procure a murder, but that charge was dropped before the case went to trial.
When police raided Rudd’s house to make the arrest in November, they discovered 0.71 grams of methamphetamine and 130 grams of marijuana.
Later, Rudd was taken into custody for violating his bail conditions after “a chance meeting” with a witness in the case that led to an altercation.
The remaining members of AC/DC disassociated themselves from Rudd after news of the charges surfaced. They’ve since recruited Chris Slade to serve as their live drummer, who will accompany the band on the road for their supporting tour behind new album Rock or Bust.