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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd to fight charges

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd will fight all three charges laid against him.

Rudd’s lawyer Paul Mabey QC told a New Zealand court hearing that not guilty pleas on charges of threatening to kill, possessing cannabis and possessing methamphetamine were entered within the past week.

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The case will next be before Tauranga District Court on February 10 and will go to a judge-alone trial later in the year.

Rudd, who was excused from appearing at court on Tuesday, was also charged with attempting to procure a murder when he first appeared in court on November 6.

But the charge was dropped a day later after crown solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones reviewed the file.

Judge Thomas Ingram granted name suppression to three people on the grounds of hardship, and fair trial reasons for a fourth person.

He refused media applications to view the court file on the grounds that the Crown would release a brief summary of facts to media.

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