An eyewitness to an altercation involving AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd today says the rocker was warned: “Back up. I don’t want to break your face.”

The warning came from a man who wound up in a confrontation with Rudd, according to Leo Rojas, 26, owner of Columbus Coffee cafe in Gate Pa, Tauranga.

Mr Rojas was drawn outside his cafe by sounds of a fracas. He said he was confronted by the sight of an altercation between Rudd, who he did not immediately recognise, and a much larger man, who was almost 2m tall.

“I thought the big guy was trying to abuse an old man. Then I released it was the old man trying to fight the big guy.”

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