Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd released on bail after arrest

Former AD/DC drummer Phil Rudd (L) stands in the dock at the district court in Tauranga, New Zealand on April 21.

Story highlights

  • Former AC/DC drummer released on bail after breaching house arrest
  • Rudd was sentenced to eight months home detention for threatening to kill a former employee
  • He is due back in court on August 3 to enter a plea

Hong Kong (CNN)Rock legend and former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been released on bail a day after he was arrested in New Zealand for breaching the terms of his house arrest, his lawyer says.

"He's been arrested and bailed on one charge of breaching his home detention," Rudd's lawyer Craig Tuck told CNN. "It's been remanded without plea."
Rudd is due to appear in court on August 3 to enter a plea.
    On July 9, the 61-year-old rocker was convicted and sentenced by a New Zealand court to eight months home detention for threatening to kill a former employee and the possession of drugs.
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    Police found methamphetamine and cannabis during a search of Rudd's home in November.
    According to court records, Rudd fired several employees because the release of his solo album "Head Job" last August had flopped. A month later, he called an associate and said he wanted his personal assistant "taken out."
    He later then called the victim -- his personal assistant -- on the phone and said: "I'm going to come over and kill you."
    Rudd's house arrest conditions include close monitoring and a ban on taking non-prescription drugs. The judge warned Rudd at his sentencing that any violation would put him immediately in jail.
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    "I stone cold guarantee that's where you'll end up," judge Thomas Ingram said. "The temptations of the rock star lifestyle have caused your downfall here."
    Rudd is not currently a member of AC/DC. His legal troubles led the band to kick him off their current world tour which will include shows in New Zealand in December, despite playing with the band on and off for four decades.