Man charged after allegedly assaulting American Airlines flight attendant

DENVER — The 20-year-old man accused of assaulting a flight attendant last week, forcing the plane to divert to Denver, was charged in federal court, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Brian Hsu, of Irvine, California, was charged by criminal complaint with interference with a flight crew and assault within the special aircraft jurisdiction of the United States.

Hsu was on American Airlines Flight 976, which took off from New York and was scheduled to land in Santa Ana, California. According to details obtained by ABC News from a source familiar with the investigation, at some point in the flight, the attendant accidentally bumped the first class passenger earlier in the flight and apologized. Later on, Hsu walked to the galley area, punched the attendant twice and returned to his seat, the source said.

Hsu is expected in the United States District Court for the Central District of California for an initial appearance on Monday.

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