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AC/DC Drummer Phil Rudd Wins Helicopter Court Case, Loses Name Suppression Fight

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has been wrapped up in legal battles lately. The two separate cases he found himself fighting in have ended at almost the exact same time, one proving successful for the drummer while the other did not end in Rudd’s favor.

Rudd’s first legal debacle revolves around an accusation of “deliberately lying about his prior drug use to obtain a medical certificate to enable him to renew his private pilot license.” Rudd held a helicopter pilot’s license for some time, but allowed it to lapse in order to focus on his family. However, the drummer bought a Hughes 500 helicopter in 2011 to reward himself for successfully completing three rigorous AC/DC tours.

“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,” said Rudd, according to the AAP [via SBS]. “I’ve got everything else. Have you seen my garage?”

Rudd’s legal troubles began after applying to renew his pilot’s license in 2012. The Civil Aviation Authority claimed that Rudd had lied on his paperwork, failing to mention a 2010 conviction for possession of 25 grams of cannabis found aboard the drummer’s boat. The conviction, however, was later overturned on appeal.

Today (March 4), Judge Louis Bidois ruled in Rudd’s favor, although Bidois was suspicious of Rudd’s medical form answers. “But suspicion is not enough and Mr. Rudd will get the benefit of doubt despite some shortcomings in his evidence,” the judge said. [via New Zealand Herald]

For Rudd’s second case, the drummer attempted to obtain “name suppression” to keep his name out of the media. The AC/DC drummer, who owns the restaurant Phil’s Place, went to the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) in an attempt to suppress his name, but on March 2, it was published by Herald Sun that Rudd’s attempt was ultimately denied.

ERA member Tania Tetitaha argued that Rudd had originally used his name to promote Phil’s Place during its launch in 2011 and found no reason to suppress Rudd’s name at this point in time. “His reputation cannot be marred by events he accepts are truthful,” says Tetitaha. “There are no exceptional circumstances or real risk to the administration of justice if this evidence were published.”

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