October 6, 2022

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Mickey Dolenz, leader of the Monkees, sues the FBI

Mickey Dolenz, leader of the Monkees, sues the FBI

The Monkees were investigated by the FBI regarding alleged anti-Vietnam War activities in 1967 related to a concert during which they flashed pictures and messages protesting the conflict, according to the complaint filed by Dolenz.

Dolenz and his late associates Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones and Peter Turck were also investigated over another matter that was redacted, according to the complaint.

Part of the FBI file on the band was released to the public just over a decade ago, but Dolenz, now 77, wants to see the case file in its entirety.

“References to the squad appear in two places in FBI files: a 1967 Los Angeles field office memo on anti-Vietnam War activities and a second fully redacted document.” The FBI website states.

According to Dolenz’s complaint, a Freedom of Information Act request he submitted in June failed to get a response from the FBI.

The suit states that “this lawsuit is designed to obtain any records created and/or possessed by the FBI on the Monkees as well as its individual members.” “Mr. Dollins has exhausted all necessary administrative remedies in respect of him [Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act] Request.”

CNN has reached out to the FBI and the Department of Justice for comment.

It was Monkees Breaking the record for four No. 1 albums In 1967, along with the popular sitcom that ran from 1966 to 1968.

CNN’s Holmes-Lybrand contributed to this story.

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