MOSCOW, May 16 (UPI) -- The U.S. thrash metal band Soulfly canceled concerts in the Russian cities of Vladivostok and Khabarovsk after an incident with a politician.
Valery Kan, a local member of parliament from Ussuriisk, reportedly attempted to force the teenage stepdaughter of the band's lead singer from her seat and into the business class section of the plane, Soulfly's Russian promoters told a Vladivostok TV station.
Singer Max Cavalera was already seated when the incident occurred.
When his wife and band manager Gloria Cavalera intervened for her daughter, Kan allegedly pushed her away shouting obscenities. Members of the band's backstage crew attempted to assist and Kan allegedly threatened them.
Police were called and Kan showed identification papers and mentioned his immunity as a deputy, and police told the musicians they were unable to do anything because of the immunity, reported mosnews.com.
Kan told the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper he did not harass Roxanne Cavalera and accused those with the band of offending him.