The Federal Bureau of Investigation, FBI maintained a secret file on music legend Whitney Houston. The 128 page file contained information on an alleged blackmail demand, a payoff and proof that FBI agents monitored celebrities for 11 years.
One page of the file was labeled “Whitney Houston victim extortion”. The FBI concluded that there hadn’t been a crime committed, however, it seems that Houston and the “extorter” who demanded $250,000 reached a confidential settlement.
The file reflects that a number of letters Whitney Houston received were forwarded to government laboratories. The lab analyzed the letters and tried to lift latent finger prints.
The FBI file revealed that Houston received a ton of mail from many different fans who “loved her.” One man wrote that, “over the last 17 months I have sent, including notes, 66 letters to Miss Whitney.”
The man went on to claim that he met Whitney’s father and he was going to take 37 copies of letters to her. The FBI located and interviewed the people who were responsible for the more aggressive letters in the end they concluded that they weren’t a threat to Whitney.
Heavily redacted memos point to the fact that a former employee of Houston’s was trying to extort money from her. John Houston, Whitney’s father sent this person a “confidentiality agreement.”
One document that is from 1993 and show’s that an assistant U.S. attorney learns of correspondence from the person to Whitney demanding $100,000. The money would be in exchange for keeping “certain details” of her life private.
A letter reads, “If the $100,000 is paid then (redacted) is willing to sign a confidentiality agreement and promise not to reveal the information. The AUSA recommended opening a case on that one.”
A termination and confidentiality agreement was also found in the file. On November 23, 1992, FBI agents met with Whitney Houston’s attorneys regarding what they deemed as an extortion demand.
The file had the transcripts of an interview of someone the FBI thought could be threatening to Houston. The transcript stated, “He was informed that his actions constituted a violation of U.S. federal law and that if he continued he would be prosecuted.”
Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012 at the age of 48. Her body was discovered in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The coroner determined Houston had drugs in her system.
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