AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd 'made phone threat to kill'

Phil Rudd at District Court in Tauranga, New Zealand (4 Dec 2014) Image copyright AP
Image caption Phil Rudd was in court on Thursday after breaching his bail conditions

The charges faced by AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd relate to an alleged threat to kill a man and his daughter, New Zealand prosecutors have said.

The details of the allegations have been made public for the first time, a day after Mr Rudd breached his bail by having contact with a witness.

Mr Rudd has denied threatening to kill and drug possession.

He was originally also charged with attempting to procure murder, but this was later dropped for lack of evidence.

New Zealand prosecutors on Friday released details of their allegations against him, stating that on the morning of 26 September, Mr Rudd had made two phone calls.

The first was to a business associate where he allegedly "spoke about what he wanted done to" the unnamed man, who had been working for him for three years.

The second phone call was to the man himself, in which Mr Rudd allegedly "threatened to kill him and his daughter".

Extra bail conditions

On 6 November, police searched Mr Rudd's home in Tauranga and found 130g (4.6 ounces) of marijuana and 0.7g of methamphetamine.

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Image caption It is still unclear whether Phil Rudd will continue to perform with AC/DC, one of the biggest-selling bands of all time

Mr Rudd acknowledged possessing the marijuana, prosecutors allege, but denied both threatening to kill the contractor and making the phone calls.

He could be jailed up to seven years if found guilty of threatening to kill. Possession of cannabis carries a sentence of three months and methamphetamine possession six months.

On Thursday, the drummer was recalled to Tauranga District Court after he was found to have breached his bail conditions by coming into contact with a prosecution witness. The encounter ended in scuffles.

Mr Rudd's lawyer said he had run into the witness at a coffee shop in a shopping centre by chance.

He was re-released on bail but the conditions were tightened to specifically include a ban on taking illegal drugs.

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