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EntertainmentPlayboy founder Hugh Hefner’s FBI file released: Here’s what the documents reveal

18:55  12 june  2019
18:55  12 june  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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The FBI published documents on Hugh Hefner dating back to 1958 revealing the it repeatedly interviewed him over 'obscene material'. The grainy typewritten file reveals the agency interviewed Hefner several times in the late 1950 s and early 1960 s over what the FBI called 'obscene material'.

The file revealed that the FBI interviewed Hefner on a few occasions in the late 1950 s and early 1960 s over what the FBI called "obscene material." Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner poses for photos at the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles, Nov. 4, 2010. However, the FBI found they did not

Playboy founder Hugh Hefner’s FBI file released: Here’s what the documents reveal © FoxNews.com Playboy founder dies at 91.

The FBI released its file on "Playboy" founder and former editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner this week ⁠— roughly two years after the iconic publisher’s death.

The heavily redacted, 58-page document begins with old newspaper clippings from the ‘50s chronicling the magazine's censorship battle with the federal government before moving on to FBI reports that contain interviews and summaries about Hefner's activities.

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The file revealed the bureau interviewed Hefner in the late 1950s and early 1960s over what the agency called “obscene material.” Hefner told the FBI that "Playboy" was like “Esquire” Magazine – his former employer – but with "a wider circulation." The files indicate Hefner emphatically denied being involved in any “obscene matters.”

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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner poses at the Playboy Mansion in the Holmby Hills. Picture: Kevork Djansezian/AP. New York - The FBI released the file it maintained on Playboy founder and editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner two years after the legendary publisher passed away - and it' s revealing .

In a 1958 memo written to then-Director J. Edgar Hoover, an agent suggests putting Hefner and his photographer, identified as Edward Oppman, under surveillance to see if they were breaking obscenity laws by transporting “pornographic images” across state lines.

The investigation concluded that neither men had committed any crimes.

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“Persons interviewed advised that Hefner too clever to violate Federal or local laws,” an FBI summary of its investigation reads.

But in 1963, local authorities arrested Hefner in Chicago for publishing “obscene and suggestive” photos of actress Jayne Mansfield in the June issue of "Playboy." Hefner beat the charges in a trial when the jury couldn't agree upon a verdict.

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Cooper Hefner , Hefner ’ s son and the chief creative officer of Playboy Enterprises, said in a statement: “My father American Icon and Playboy Founder , Hugh M. Hefner passed away today. In 1960 Hefner opened a string of clubs around the world where waitresses wore revealing costumes with

The FBI released its file on Playboy founder and former editor-in-chief Hugh Hefner (pictured here in 2010) two years after his death. The newly-published FBI file reveals he was interviewed several times in the late 1950 s and early 1960 s over what the FBI called ‘obscene material’.

The file contained no further activity from the legendary publisher until 2001, when hackers sent more than 15,000 emails to customers from Hefner’s personal email and other forged accounts.

Hefner died of natural causes in September 2017 at age 91.

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The FBI often releases its files on persons of public interest after they die. Other files include celebrities like Elvis Presley and Marilyn Monroe, the mobster Al Capone and even J. Edgar Hoover himself.

But the subject isn’t always under investigation. The FBI’s file on Nobel Prize-winning author and journalist Ernest Hemingway largely concerns his intelligence work on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Havana, Cuba between 1942 and 1944.

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