Ukraine bans US rocker for five years

The bassist of the band Bloodhound Gang, Jared Hasselhoff, urinated on a Ukrainian flag on stage on July 30 in Kiev in an incident that was captured on video.

Updated: Aug 07, 2013, 10:12 AM IST

Kiev: Ukraine on Tuesday banned a US rock musician from entering the country for five years after he urinated on a Ukrainian flag at a concert, the country`s security service said.

The bassist of the band Bloodhound Gang, Jared Hasselhoff, urinated on a Ukrainian flag on stage on July 30 in Kiev in an incident that was captured on video.

"In the interests of national security, the security service took the decision to ban US citizen Jared Hasselhoff from entering Ukraine for a period of five years," the Ukrainian security service said in a statement.

Russia yesterday launched a criminal probe into flag desecration after Hasselhoff stuffed a Russian flag down his trousers and then threw it into the crowd at a concert the next day in Odessa, Ukraine. If charged, the musician could face a one-year jail sentence.

A Ukrainian group called "UA Anonymous" on Twitter claimed yesterday that it had hacked into the band`s website, taking it offline.

AFP