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AC/DC’s Phil Rudd Cleared of Lying By New Zealand Court

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd’s 2010 conviction for marijuana possession has provoked a fresh round of legal headaches lately, but he seems to have emerged victorious.

As the Guardian reports, Rudd’s latest woes stem from his failure to mention that conviction (which was later overturned on appeal) in the medical portion of his application for a New Zealand pilot’s license. According to the article, Rudd “didn’t consider the question” when filling out the questionnaire because he feels “the cleanest he had been in his life.”

That reasoning seems kind of flimsy, at least on legal grounds, but the judge in the case has ruled that there’s insufficient evidence to convict Rudd of the charges. He’ll have to pay a fine for failing to keep a logbook, but it looks like he’s clear to resume flying after taking a number of years off to raise his family (as he put it during court proceedings, “You can have kids or a helicopter. You know how it goes.”).

“I was back on the road for three tours, worked harder than a Bering sea fisherman, and I made a lot of money and thought I would buy a helicopter,” Rudd told the court. “I’ve got everything else. Have you seen my garage?”

Rudd’s been spending a fair amount of time in the New Zealand courts lately, as it turns out. He’s also wrapped up in a separate case that’s seen him trying to keep his name out of a dispute between his Phil’s Place restaurant and members of the staff. The judge in those proceedings recently denied Rudd’s request, ruling that “his reputation cannot be marred by events he accepts are truthful.” The allegations against Phil’s Place, which were lodged in August of 2012, have not been made public.

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