Micky Dolenz, the drummer for the Monkees, is suing the FBI.
Micky Dolenz, the only surviving Monkees member, has filed a lawsuit against the FBI for any records involving him, his late bandmates, or the band itself.
According to Dolenz’s complaint, the FBI investigated the Monkees in 1967 for alleged anti-Vietnam war activities related to a concert at which they flashed pictures and messages in protest of the conflict.
According to the complaint, Dolenz and his late bandmates Mike Nesmith, Davy Jones, and Peter Tork were also investigated for another matter that has been redacted.
A portion of the FBI file on the band was made public about a decade ago, but Dolenz, now 77, wants to see the entire case file.
According to the FBI website, “references to the band appear in two places in FBI files: a 1967 Los Angeles Field Office memorandum on anti-Vietnam war activities and a second document redacted entirely.”
According to the Dolenz complaint, the FBI did not respond to a Freedom of Information Act request he filed in June.
The suit states, “This lawsuit is intended to obtain any records the FBI created and/or possesses on the Monkees as well as its individual members.” “Mr. Dolenz has exhausted all available administrative remedies in connection with his [Freedom of Information Act/Privacy Act] request.”
CNN has requested comment from the FBI and the Department of Justice.
The Monkees had four No. 1 albums in 1967, in addition to their popular sitcom, which aired from 1966 to 1968.