Clint Eastwood Grilled FBI on Hoover's Sexuality

Agents are worried about what new film will reveal
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 5, 2011 3:41 AM CDT
Clint Eastwood Grilled FBI on Hoover's Sexuality
A wax version of J. Edgar Hoover from Madame Tussaud's glares at imagined evil-doers.   (Getty Images)

Was purported straight-shooter J. Edgar Hoover really a cross-dressing sexual blackmailer? Director Clint Eastwood needed to know about Hoover's sexual proclivities for his new film on the G-man—so he asked the FBI. He and star Leonardo DiCaprio were told by officials: "Vague rumors and fabrications have cropped up from time to time, but there is no evidence in the historical record on this issue," reports USA Today. "We provided information so their story could be accurate," explained Assistant FBI Director Mike Kortan. "What they did with it has been entirely in their hands."

Several agents have campaigned vigorously against any recreation of the long-rumored relationship between Hoover and his one-time top aide, Clyde Tolson. "There is no basis in fact for such a portrayal of Mr. Hoover," the chairman of the J. Edgar Hoover Foundation wrote to Eastwood. "It would be a grave injustice to proceed with such a depiction." Eastwood and his producer wrote to the foundation that they gave "no credence to cross-dressing allegations" that have surfaced about Hoover, and did not intend to portray any "open homosexual relation" between Hoover and Tolson. But "concern still persists," said foundation vice president and former agent William Baker. "We're caught in a dilemma here," he added. "We don't want to support something not based in fact, but we're not against the new FBI and a diverse workplace." (Read more Clint Eastwood stories.)

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