The procuring murder charges against AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd have been dropped.

According to Rudd lawyer Paul Mabey, the Crown solicitor — the equivalent of our district attorney — in Tauranga, New Zealand withdrew the charges following a meeting between Mabey and police. Mabey says the decision to charge Rudd was made by the police on their own without consulting the Crown solicitor, who later decided there was insufficient evidence to justify the charge and withdrew it.

Charges of threatening to kill and drug possession still remain. Mabey said Rudd would defend the former and called the drug possession charges “minor.” He says 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.”

Rudd was released on bail after appearing in court. Police say they plan to issue a statement soon.

Source: Stuff.co.nz