The AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd was handcuffed and taken to court for breach of bail after an alleged fight between an unidentified man and another man believed to be his bodyguard.
The altercation broke out yesterday morning.
The 60-year-old musician remains on bail with a hearing scheduled in February 2015. The threatening to kill charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
In November, Rudd was arrested accused of attempting to arrange a murder, but the charge was dropped because of a lack of evidence.
Leo Rojas, the owner of Columbus Coffee in Tauranga, New Zealand, witnessed the incident.
“I saw [Rudd] following a taller, bigger guy and trying to punch the guy,” he told reporters.
Rojas said the other man was trying to avoid conflict, telling him “look, I don’t want to break your face”.
He alleges that eventually the taller man pushed the AC/DC drummer away from him.
“He literally fell away like a fly,” said the cafe owner.
Rudd’s alleged bodyguard then stepped in and tried to separate the musician and the other man.
“That’s when Phil started punching and kicking his own bodyguard, which I found funny,” said Rojas.
Rojas alleges that the police arrived and began speaking to witnesses. News outlet Sun Live has published a picture of Rudd being handcuffed by officers.
He was taken to court for breach of bail by talking to a witness, his lawyer, Paul Mabey, told the Daily Mail.
“He’s appeared on a breach of bail by speaking to a witness and has been rebailed. He’s been to court and gone home,” said Mabey.
Earlier this week, Rudd pleaded not guilty to threatening to kill and possession of drugs.Reuse content