We Investigated Whitney Houston Extortion: FBI
128-page file detailing pure craziness released
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2013 10:12 AM CST
This April 25, 2010 file photo shows U.S singer Whitney Houston performing at the o2 in London as part of her European tour.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, file)

(Newser) – Newly released FBI files on Whitney Houston reveal that the bureau once investigated an alleged extortion attempt against the singer, Reuters reports. The 128 pages of files were posted on the FBI's website yesterday in response to a Freedom of Information Act request. The alleged extortion attempt was reported to the FBI in 1992, soon after Houston married Bobby Brown. Houston told the FBI that someone she considered a friend was threatening to publicize private information unless Houston paid $250,000.

The files also include letters, sent from obsessed fans, that Houston considered threatening. One Vermont man wrote that he "might hurt someone with some crazy idea." The FBI interviewed him, but he said he only meant that he would hurt Houston's reputation if he declared his love for her. Houston also got letters and cassette recordings from someone in the Netherlands claiming to be the "President of Europe," who was also interviewed by the FBI.

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Mar 6, 2013 4:38 AM CST
Don't they have anything better to do? Perhaps serious investigations , or have we been media consumed already
Mar 5, 2013 1:19 PM CST
The President of Europe. Ha... You should know I, in fact, have been dating him for some time now. He happens to be good friends with a Nigerian Prince that I am in process of helping out, but I can't tell you any more about that. There is no way the President of Europe is that into Whitney. She was always so jealous.
Mar 5, 2013 12:26 PM CST
It is peculiar how this type of information always surfaces when someone passes away.