Just a day after AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was charged with “procuring a murder” by New Zealand police, the shocking charges have been dropped.
It’s a good thing, too, because media all around the world were running out of ways to work the title of AC/DC’s vengeance-for-hire ditty “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” into the story.
According to the New Zealand Herald, the 60-year-old rocker’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, issued a statement announcing the about-face by authorities.
“I was advised by the Crown Solicitor Hollister-Jones,” said Mabey, “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 He has now withdrawn the charge.”
Mabey also said that 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.”
Rudd still faces the remaining charges laid yesterday, including possession of methamphetamine, possession of cannabis, and threatening to kill.