Just over a week after he was sentenced to eight months home detention, former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is back behind bars, having been arrested again on Saturday night (July 18th) at his home in Tauranga, New Zealand.
The New Zealand Herald reports that 61-year-old Rudd is being held in police custody and is set to appear in Tauranga District Court tomorrow morning.
The circumstances surrounding the arrest are not clear at this stage.
While not confirmed, the publication reports it is understood prostitutes were present at Rudd’s home at the time of his arrest. Rudd’s lawyer Craig Tuck has confirmed the arrest, but did not comment further on the matter.
Just over a week ago, Rudd was sentenced to eight months home detention, following a guilty plea to charges of threatening to kill and drug possession. His sentence included 24-hour monitoring and he was prohibited from taking any drugs that are not prescribed to him.
Judge Thomas Ingram handed Rudd the sentence and warned the former drummer that if he breached the terms, he would go to prison. “I stone cold guarantee that’s where you’ll end up. I’m not your headmaster, I’m not your father, I’m a judge,” he said, reportedly.
Rudd was arrested in November last year and was charged for threatening to kill a former employee and his daughter. He was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and cannabis.
While AC/DC have yet to officially confirm Rudd’s standing with the band, they have replaced him with a former drummer, Chris Slade, who will be performing alongside the rock legends when their Rock Or Bust world tour when they visit Australia and New Zealand this November.
UPDATE 20/07/15: Rudd has been released on bail at the Tauranga District Court this morning. It was revealed his arrest was for breaching his home detention conditions by possessing and consuming alcohol.
He will appear in court again to enter a plea on August 3rd.
UPDATE 03/08/15: As Fairfax Media reports, Phil Rudd has pleaded not guilty to breaking his home detention conditions. He has been remanded on bail to appear for trial on 24th November.