Unruly Fan Disrupts Flight Carrying Hootie And The Blowfish

Plane makes unscheduled stop after passenger allegedly disturbs the band and attacks group's bodyguard.

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

do."

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

AP report.

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

said.

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

custody.

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.