Bad touch, indeed.
Two members of the Bloodhound Gang are under investigation in Russia for stuffing the country’s national flag down their pants at a show in the Ukraine, according to the New York Daily News.
Bassist Jared Hennegan and singer James Moyer Franks, best known for their band’s 1999 song “Bad Touch,” are accused of “inciting hatred and enmity.”
A statement released by the Russian Investigative Committee explains that, “According to the findings of the comprehensive psycho-linguistic forensic examination, Hennegan’s actions committed with the use of the national flag of Russia are derogatory in nature and can be perceived as a desecration of a national symbol.”
The statement accuses the two of entering “a criminal plot aimed at disgracing Russian citizens and formed a criminal group to that end.”
The statement also revealed that the Russian Investigative Committee is considering putting Hennegan and Franks on a wanted list.
Though the criminal act took place in Ukraine, according to Article 12 of the Penal Code of the Russian Federation, “Foreign residents that don’t stay permanently in Russia and that have committed the crime outside of Russia are subject to criminal liability under Russia’s Penal Code in cases, when the crime inflicts the interest of Russia or its citizen.”
The charge of “inciting enmity and humiliating human dignity” carries a maximum sentence of five years.
After the incident, Bloodhound Gang were taken off the lineup at a Russian rock festival on orders directly from the country’s authorities. The band members are now banned from entering Russia for five years.