Troubled AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has again found himself in front of court today, after he was taken into police custody following an incident on the street involving a witness in his pending court case.
Reports The New Zealand Herald, the 60-year-old drummer was taken into custody this morning when he was stopped by police outside a school in Tauranga, with a witness at the scene saying, “He was out and bloody dancing around and carrying on and…led back to the cop car and was driven away.” Video footage provided by the Herald shows Rudd being led into a police car.
After he was taken into police custody, Rudd reportedly appeared in court on charges of breaching his previous bail conditions which prohibited him from any contact with witnesses involved in the case. His lawyer, Craig Tuck told the judge that his client acknowledged breaching the bail condition by having contact with a police witnesses at a local shop, but said it was a chance meeting.
“It was a meeting with somebody he wasn’t meant to associate with in a shop. It was a chance meeting and then there was contact from that,” said Mr Tuck outside the court. According to Stuff.co.nz, Rudd was initially arguing outside a coffee shop with a large man.
The judge agreed to readmit Rudd to bail but amended his bail conditions to include a further stipulation, which bans him from consuming illegal drugs. He was remanded to reappear in court on February 10th where he will also face charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs for which he has pleaded not guilty. He is likely to face a judge-only trial on theses charges in 2015.