AC/DC's Phil Rudd Wins Court Victory

03/06/2014
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(Classic Rock) AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been acquitted in a court case he was fighting to be granted permission to fly his helicopter. He bought the Hughes 500 - which retails for as much as $500,000 - as a present to himself after completing the band's gigantic Black Ice world tour in 2010. But he'd run into legal problems over renewing his pilot's license.

Authorities accused him of lying by failing to mention his 2010 conviction for possession of drugs, following the discovery of 25g of cannabis aboard his boat.

But he argued he didn't have to list it because it had been overturned at appeal in 2011, when he persuaded a New Zealand court that it would impact his ability to tour with AC/DC in the US, Canada and Japan.
Hughes 500 helicopter

Judge Louis Bidois found in the drummer's favour, although remaining suspicious over answers he'd provided on his medical forms. "But suspicion is not enough," he said in court. "Mr Rudd will get the benefit of the doubt, despite shortcomings in his evidence." more on this story

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