An obsessed and apparently intoxicated Hootie and the Blowfish fan caused the band's
flight to make an unscheduled stop in Denver Thursday afternoon after the man allegedly attacked the
group's bodyguard and several flight attendants and pestered the group for advice and
autographs, according to an Associated Press report.
The passenger, Amit Singh, 19, was taken to Denver Health Medical Center for
evaluation after the incident, which resulted in an unplanned stop for American Airlines
Flight 133 -- while en route from New York to Los Angeles -- and the removal of Singh
from the plane.
The report quoted Denver police spokesman Detective David Metzler, who explained
that no one was hurt in the incident.
"[He was] just kind-of being a pest," Metzler said. "Because he was intoxicated, they
might have felt pretty uncomfortable, not knowing who he was or what he was going to
An American Airlines spokeswoman confirmed that the flight made an unscheduled stop
in Denver but said she had no further information regarding the incident. The flight,
which was carrying 100 passengers, was delayed for about an hour, according to the
Singer Darius Rucker woke briefly as police were removing Singh from the plane, but
didn't seem bothered by the incident, according to the report. "They were taking
somebody out. I went back to sleep. I just wasn't really worried about it," he reportedly
Police reportedly found an "extremely intoxicated" Singh crying in his seat at the rear of
the Boeing 767.
Singh spent the night at Denver Health Medical Center, where he underwent a medical
evaluation and was discharged Friday morning (Sept. 18), according to hospital
spokeswoman Stephanie Denning. She added that Singh was not released to police
First catapulting into the spotlight with their multi-platinum debut, Cracked Rear
View (1994), which spawned such hits as "Hold My Hand" and "Only Wanna Be With
You," pop/blues/rock band Hootie and the Blowfish released their third LP, Musical
Chairs, on Tuesday.