Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was sentenced to eight months of home detention in New Zealand on Thursday after pleading guilty to threatening to kill his personal assistant and to possessing drugs.
The court was told how the 61-year-old Australian rock star phoned the former employee last year and said, “I?m going to come over and kill you.”
According to a court summary, Rudd fired several of his employees last year because his solo album, “Head Job,” had flopped in the charts after its release in August.
Prosecutors say he called an associate in September and said he wanted his former personal assistant “taken out.” Rudd later phoned the former personal assistant and made the threat to kill him.
After a search of Rudd?s home in connection with the incident, police found methamphetamine and cannabis.
Rudd, who toured with AC/DC for a total of 30 years, had denied the allegations but made a surprise guilty plea in April.
Under his sentence, Rudd will be electronically monitored for eight months and will also have to complete a rehabilitation program, CNN affiliate TVNZ reported.
Rudd?s lawyer, Craig Tuck, told CNN that he had filed an appeal against the sentence on Thursday and was still seeking to have his client discharged without conviction. He described the matter as “essentially just an angry phone call.”
Rudd is not currently a member of AC/DC.
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