You monkees they weren’t the only celebrities who have come to the attention of the FBI over the years.
As Micky Dolenz the only surviving member of The Monkees, is suing the agency for access to any records the FBI may have on them, it would seem like a crime not to look at some of the other pop culture figures the FBI has investigated over the years.
The Monkees were investigated by the FBI for alleged anti-Vietnam war activities in 1967 related to a concert where they displayed photos and messages in protest against the conflict, according to the complaint filed by Dolenz.
Other stars who also had FBI files related to politics include the late singer John Denver (whose appearance at an anti-war rally in 1971, along with the drug use he documented in his 1994 autobiography, “Take Me Home: An Autobiography” put him on the radar, famous deaf and blind activist Helen Keller (who was a socialist, which was considered dangerous in the early 20th century) and baseball legend Jackie Robinson (whose archive contains information about his civil rights work). and the suspicion that he might have had links with a communist organization).
John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono were also the subject of an FBI file, as the Beatle was well known to the US government for his anti-war stance.
the iconic actress Marilyn Monroe had a file, in part due to one of her husbands. The FBI suspected that playwright and screenwriter Arthur Miller, who was married to Monroe from 1956 to 1961, was a communist.
The late rappers Christopher “Biggie Smalls” Wallace aka “The Nototrious BIG”, Tupac Shakur and Russell Tyrone Jones aka “Ol’ Dirty Bastard” of the Wu Tang Clan also had files.
The founder of Apple, Steve Jobs gained a file with the FBI when it was being considered for a possible appointment to the U.S. President’s Export Council in 1991.
The FBI also gathered files on some celebrities not because of their activities, but because of the actions of others.
The file on the late singer Whitney Houston includes information about an alleged extortion attempt against her and intense fan attention, which included several letters and cassette tapes sent to her.
The late Princess Diana had two brief FBI files, one concerning threats against her and Prince Charles when they were married and the other concerning security issues related to her 1989 trip to the US.
There is a notice in the FBI’s Freedom of Information Act Library, which contains some of the files related to pop culture figures.
According to the disclaimer, “the information found in these files may no longer reflect the current beliefs, positions, opinions, or policies currently held by the FBI.”
Source: CNN Brasil