AC/DC drum­mer won’t face mur­der for hire charge

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - ENTERTAINMENT -

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand au­thor­i­ties made an em­bar­rass­ing about-face on Fri­day when pros­e­cu­tors dropped a mur­der-for-hire charge against AC/DC drum­mer Phil Rudd, say­ing there was not enough ev­i­dence to pro­ceed. But the 60-year-old mem­ber of the popular Aus­tralian band still faces a se­ri­ous charge of threat­en­ing to kill, which comes with a max­i­mum prison term of seven years. He also faces charges of pos­sess­ing metham­phetamine and mar­i­juana. Po­lice had ini­tially ac­cused Rudd of try­ing to ar­range for a hit man to carry out two killings, and had charged him with at­tempt­ing to pro­cure mur­der, which comes with a max­i­mum 10-year sen­tence. But when pros­e­cu­tors took over the case, they quickly dropped the charge. Rudd’s lawyer, Paul Mabey, said the dam­age to his client had been in­cal­cu­la­ble and he was con­sid­er­ing pos­si­ble reme­dies. “The charge al­leg­ing an at­tempt to pro­cure mur­der should never have been laid,” Mabey said in a state­ment, adding, “Mr. Rudd has suf­fered un­nec­es­sary and ex­tremely dam­ag­ing pub­lic­ity as a re­sult of wide­spread and sen­sa­tional re­port­ing of a very se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tion, which on any ba­sis was never jus­ti­fied.” Mabey said Rudd would de­fend the other charges against him. LOS AN­GE­LES — A judge on Thurs­day ended Lind­say Lo­han’s pro­ba­tion in a neck­lace theft case and said she ap­pears to be do­ing well. Su­pe­rior Court Judge James R. Dab­ney said the ac­tress re­ceived favourable re­ports from her coun­sel­lor. He or­dered her to con­tinue to re­ceive psy­cho­log­i­cal coun­selling and per­form the com­mu­nity ser­vice as part of her pro­ba­tion in the 2012 case in­volv­ing reck­less driv­ing and ly­ing to po­lice. Dab­ney said Lo­han has com­pleted 102 hours of a 240-hour com­mu­nity ser­vice sen­tence. Over the years, Lo­han was briefly jailed five times and sentenced to re­hab for a va­ri­ety of vi­o­la­tions rang­ing from fail­ing to per­form her com­mu­nity ser­vice to skip­ping coun­selling ses­sions. Now 28, she is in London ap­pear­ing in a stage pro­duc­tion of the play Speed the Plow.

T— Mick Fleet­wood says he hopes Ste­vie Nicks will even­tu­ally find time to con­trib­ute to the new mu­sic Fleet­wood Mac is record­ing — which could ul­ti­mately form the band’s first al­bum in nearly 30 years with its en­tire prin­ci­pal lineup in­tact. The newly re­formed rock titans — who wel­comed key­boardist Chris­tine McVie back into the fold for a tour that hits Win­nipeg on Mon­day and other Cana­dian ci­ties in the com­ing months — went into the stu­dio “many months ago now” to work on new ma­te­rial, Fleet­wood said. Lind­sey Buck­ing­ham has called the new ma­te­rial “pro­found,” an ad­jec­tive that Fleet­wood agrees with en­thu­si­as­ti­cally.

“It is pro­found. It’s great,” the 67-year-old drum­mer says. “The four of us went in... and had a lot of fun — for Chris, just re­con­nect­ing, play­ing mu­sic, with no par­tic­u­lar thought in mind. “I hope it be­comes part of some­thing that will make sense. But (bassist) John (McVie), Lind­sey and me and Chris, we were all par­tic­i­pat­ing. So it’s ex­cit­ing.” The band’s last al­bum of new ma­te­rial was 2003’s Say You Will, but the last to fea­ture the band’s most suc­cess­ful five-piece lineup was 1987’s Tango in the Night. Asked whether Nicks would even­tu­ally be in­volved in the record­ing, Fleet­wood replied, “We hope so.” “Right now we’ve got this tour to do and it’s very time-con­sum­ing, so we’ll see,” he added. “It will come out one way or another.” He’s clearly de­riv­ing a deep sat­is­fac­tion from the band’s long-awaited re­union.

“It’s a great time for all of us in Fleet­wood Mac,” he said. “Cer­tainly me, (who) tended to be the gate­keeper — or my in­se­cu­rity forced me to keep the band go­ing, who knows re­ally what it might have been. “We owe it, I think, to get some things right. It’s more of a spir­ited, emo­tional thing. It’s a great time for all of us.”

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