Phil Rudd, drummer of AC/DC, has been charged with attempting to arrange a murder.
The Australian musician has additionally been charged with possessing the drugs methamphetamine and cannabis, as well as making threats to kill, after his house on the New Zealand island of Tauranga was raided this morning.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police have accused Rudd of allegedly attempting to have two as-yet-unidentified men killed, and the rocker was subsequently charged with attempting to procure a murder.
The musician was also charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of cannabis as a result of the raid.
Rudd appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday afternoon and was ordered to have no contact with the man he allegedly tried to hire. He was later released on bail.
Court staff said Rudd was due to make a second appearance on 27 November, although that date could change.
Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, said he was still getting up to speed on the case and had no comment.
AC/DC is due to release the Rock Or Bust album next month and a world tour is planned for next year. It is unclear whether the latest events will affect those plans.
Rudd first joined AC/DC in 1975 but he was kicked out of the group in 1983. He returned in 1994 and has been with the band ever since. However, he did not feature in a recent promotional picture.
The snap featured singer Brian Johnson, bassist Cliff Williams, guitarist Angus Young, and Stevie Young, who has stepped in to replace his ailing uncle Malcolm Young, who is battling dementia.