You don't have to be 'down with the clowns' but that doesn't mean you should mess with them either. Detroit rappers Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope of Insane Clown Posse as well as four fans are officially 'bringing it' to the FBI in the form of a lawsuit for falsely classifying 'Juggalos' (the name for die-hard ICP fans) as 'gang members ' in a government report in 2011. The lawsuit, which was filed on Wednesday, claims that these actions are "unwarranted and unlawful" and also states that the fans felt subjected to harassment from authorities because of their love for the group.
Among those fans in the suit is Army Corporal Robert Hellin, who has visible ICP-related tattoos and says he is "in imminent danger of suffering discipline or an involuntary discharge from the Army" because of this classification. Another person claims that he was not allowed to enlist at all because of his band tattoos.
ICP first challenged the FBI in 2012 with a separate lawsuit which asked for the information that led the FBI to begin affiliating them with gangs. This newest filing is targeted specifically at the FBI and alleges that the duo as well as the fans have been directly harmed by the FBI's actions.
Violent J told Fuse TV "To name our fanbase a gang with Crips and Bloods and MS-13s.... I don't know where to begin with that s***. Does that mean our concerts are gang rallies now? Does that mean our merchandise is gang apparel?"
It is not clear what steps the band or the FBI are planning to take next.