As Micky Dolenz, The Monkees solely surviving group member, is suing the legislation enforcement company for entry to any information the FBI might have on them, it could appear a criminal offense to not take a look at among the different popular culture figures the FBI has seemed into over time.
The Monkees have been investigated by the FBI for alleged anti-Vietnam conflict actions in 1967 associated to a live performance by which they flashed footage and messages in protest towards the battle, in keeping with the grievance filed by Dolenz.
Different stars who additionally had recordsdata on them associated to politics embody the late singer John Denver (whose look at an anti-war rally in 1971, coupled with the drug use he documented in his 1994 autobiography “Take Me Home: An Autobiography,” put him on the FBI’s radar), famed deaf and blind activist Helen Keller (who was a socialist, which was thought-about harmful within the early twentieth century) and baseball legend Jackie Robinson (whose file accommodates info on his civil rights work and suspicion that he might have had ties to a Communist group).
Iconic actress Marilyn Monroe had a file, partly as a consequence of one in all her husbands. The FBI suspected playwright and screenwriter Arthur Miller, who was married to Monroe from 1956 to 1961, of being a Communist.
The late rappers Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace, also called “The Nototrious B.I.G,” Tupac Shakur, and Russell Tyrone Jones a.okay.a. “Ol’ Dirty Bastard” from the Wu Tang Clan all had recordsdata on them as properly.
Apple founder Steve Jobs earned a file when he was being thought-about for a potential appointment to the US President’s Export Council in 1991.
The FBI pulled collectively recordsdata on some celebrities not due to their actions, however the actions of others.
The file on the late singer Whitney Houston consists of info on an alleged extortion try towards her and a few intense consideration from followers, which included a number of letters and cassette tapes despatched to her.
The late Princess Diana had two temporary FBI recordsdata, one pertaining to threats towards her and Prince Charles after they have been married and the opposite about safety points associated to her 1989 journey to the US.
There is a disclaimer within the FBI’s Freedom of Data Act Library, which accommodates among the recordsdata associated to popular culture figures. In keeping with the disclaimer “the information found in these files may no longer reflect the current beliefs, positions, opinions, or policies currently held by the FBI.”