AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is no longer facing charges of attempting to procure a murder, according to reports in the Associated Press. The news comes just one day after Rudd was arrested following a police raid on his home in New Zealand.
Prosecutors took over the case yesterday and dropped the charges after determining that there was not enough evidence to charge Rudd. The original charges were made without the consultation of the prosecutors.
Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey had harsh words for law enforcement officials, saying that his client “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.” Mabey declined to comment on speculation that Rudd could sue for damages.
Of course, Rudd is still facing legal troubles. He is still charged with threatening to kill someone (which could land him a 7-year prison term under New Zealand law), as well as possession of marijuana and methamphetamines.