Rock group Bloodhound Gang under investigation in Russia

Sept. 11, 2013 at 12:15 AM

MOSCOW, Sept. 11 (UPI) -- Russia has opened a criminal investigation into whether U.S. rock band Bloodhound Gang incited hatred in Ukraine by a stunt with a Russian flag.

The Investigative Committee, a national law enforcement agency, is focusing on Jared Hasselhoff, Bloodhound Gang's bass player, The New York Times reported Monday. Hasselhoff at a concert in Odessa in early August first warned the audience against telling President Vladimir Putin about his actions and then shoved a Russian flag down his pants, using it to wipe his rear end.

The band had been scheduled to perform in Russia but the show was canceled.

Russian officials say a detailed examination of the video of the Odessa concert by experts in psychology and linguistics has found the band intended to be offensive. Its members face a potential charge in Russia of trying to incite hatred.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending News
Britney Spears surprises Kate Hudson at her game night
Geena Davis to play Jon Hamm's daughter in sci-fi film
YouTube star Caleb Logan Bratayley dead at 13
Amber Rose publicly forgives exes Kanye West, Wiz Khalifa
Tori Spelling reveals she slept with '90210' co-star Jason Priestley