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Phil Rudd’s Accused ‘Hitman’ Denies Original Police Story

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The man who had originally been accused of being the ‘hitman’ for AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has come forward to clarify his own role in the case. In a new report, he denies that Rudd had ever tried to pay him to murder a contractor and his daughter.

According to the New Zealand Herald, Rudd had offered the man 250,000 NZD ($194,000) and any one of his sports cars to be his bodyguard. The news sheds possible light on the reason why the initial charges of murder-for-hire were dropped.

However, the summary of the charges alleges that Rudd made a phone call to this man saying what he “wanted done.” Later that day, the prosecution claims, he called up the contractor and threatened to kill him and his daughter. The identities of the men have been suppressed by the court.

Even though he no longer faces murder-for-hire charges, Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, says that the headlines that accompanied the news has resulted in “incalculable” damage to Rudd’s reputation. Rudd remains accused of making the threat, as well as possession of methamphetamine and cannibis. His next case review is scheduled for February 2015.

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