UPDATE 07/20/15 9:30 AM: Per New Zealand's Stuff and TVNZ, Phil Rudd's arrest on July 18th was due to allegedly breaching the conditions of his eight-month home detention sentence by possessing and consuming alcohol.
He was formally charged in Tauranga District Court this morning and is scheduled to next appear in court on August 3rd, where he is expected to enter a plea on the charges. Rudd is now subject to random drug and alcohol testing by local police.
The maximum sentence for the breaching home detention conditions charges is one year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
To paraphrase that infamous line from The Godfather: Part III, just when we thought all of the craziness with AC/DC’s Phil Rudd was over, he pulls us back in.
Per New Zealand outlet Stuff, Rudd was arrested at his home Saturday night (July 18th) by Bay of Plenty police on undisclosed misdemeanor charges. While an official statement hasn't been made to the public by police regarding the charges, the New Zealand Herald is reporting that "prostitutes were present at Rudd's home at the time of his arrest." (Note: Prostitution is legal in New Zealand.)
Bay of Plenty police rep Kim Perks issued a statement about the arrest but didn’t offer up details saying, “Phil Rudd’s lawyer has previous indicated to police that media attention is not helpful. We are not making any comment until after tomorrow morning’s (July 20th) court appearance.”
Want to know what’s really not helpful? Somehow still managing to get arrested despite being sentenced to eight months home detention on threatening to kill and drug charges a little over a week ago.
As for Rudd’s attorney, Craig Tuck has issued the following statement: “All I can say is he has been arrested and will be appearing on Monday at 10 AM in the Taruanga District Court. That’s all I can say for now and that’s all I am telling everyone who is calling.”
Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock reporter who never leaves home without her iPod, because to her, there’s something very comforting about carrying around every piece of music she’s ever owned in her life.