AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pled guilty to various charges brought up against him, including threatening to kill and possession of marijuana and methamphetamine. Rudd faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
The charges stem from an incident in September 2014, when Rudd was alleged to have made the threats to a former employee and the employee’s 10 year-old daughter. Initially, Rudd was charged with attempting to hire someone to carry out the murder, which can earn a life sentence in Rudd’s current home in New Zealand. However, those charges were dropped before Rudd was put on trial.
Since Rudd’s arrest, the members of AC/DC have publicly distanced themselves from their former bandmate, focusing instead on promoting their latest album, Black Ice. The band hired Chris Slade to play drums for them on their current North American tour despite Rudd’s repeated assertions that he would be “going back to work” once his legal issues were settled. Now that they have been settled, it doesn’t look as though Rudd will be working for anyone for the next few years.