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.