AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was ordered by a New Zealand judge on Thursday to stay off drugs after he had a scuffle with a witness, media reports said. Rudd appeared in court after breaching his bail conditions two days after he pleaded not guilty on charges of threatening to kill a person.
Rudd had been reportedly granted bail on the condition that he was not supposed to make any contact with any witnesses named on the chargesheets. However, the 60-year-old breached the condition and confronted a witness in the North Island coastal town of Tauranga, according to media reports. Rudd was reportedly handcuffed and taken into custody following the dispute. The judge reportedly allowed Rudd to remain free on bail but banned him from taking illicit drugs in an effort to check any impulsive behavior.
The Australia-born drummer was arrested on Nov. 6 and charged with attempting to procure a murder, which was later dropped after police failed to provide sufficient evidence to justify the charge. On Tuesday, Rudd was bailed until February 2015 after he pleaded not guilty on charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs.
In 2010, Rudd, whose birth name is Phil Witschke, was arrested and fined for the possession of cannabis, Reuters reported.