February 7, 1994

On this day in 1994, Shannon Hoon, lead singer for the band Blind Melon, was charged with assaulting security guards and police at the American Music Awards show.

Hoon was accused of kicking and punching guards and officers during an altercation that began when Hoon allegedly became loud and disruptive during the taping of the show at the Shrine Auditorium.

According to authorities, Hoon hit one guard in the face while being removed from the ceremony and he was then arrested. Hoon became irate and tried kicking out the rear window of a police car he had been detained in. When that failed, Hoon tried to kick out the middle section between the seats in the cruiser, narrowly missing the head of an officer.

At the police station, Hoon allegedly ripped a telephone off a wall and spat twice on a detective who was interviewing him. He was booked and released after posting $6,000 bail.

The charges filed in Municipal Court included battery, two counts of battery on a police officer, one count of assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest, disturbing the peace and destroying telephone equipment.

Blind Melon was a nominee for best new artist at the American Music Awards, but the award went to the Stone Temple Pilots.


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