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AC/DC star Phil Rudd cleared in helicopter licence dispute

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Mar 05, 2014 | 4:45am EST

Ac/Dc star Phil Rudd has been cleared over allegations he lied about a previous drug conviction in order to obtain a helicopter pilot's licence. The drummer pleaded guilty to marijuana possession in New Zealand following a police raid on his boat in 2010, but the charge was later quashed by a judge and wiped from his record. However, the legal battle was revived when he bought a new helicopter in 2012 and applied to renew his pilot's licence. Executives at New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) alleged Rudd, 59, had failed to mention his drug conviction, and he was charged with falsely filling out the medical questionnaire for the licence by failing to mention his previous drug use. However, the charge was dismissed when the case when to court on Tuesday (04Mar14). During the hearing at Tauranga District Court, Rudd admitted a separate charge of failing to maintain a logbook and was fined $710 (£444) plus costs, according to Sunlive.co.nz.

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