FBI Tried To Stop “Deep Throat” Movie In 1972: AP

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When the FBI investigated the 1972 porno movie “Deep Throat,” the case touched the bureau’s highest levels, even second-in-command W. Mark Felt, the Watergate informant whose “Deep Throat” alias was taken from the movie’s title, reports the Associated Press. FBI documents released to the AP show the bureau’s unsuccessful attempt to stop the spread of the movie. “Today we can’t imagine authorities at any level of government – local, state or federal – being involved in obscenity prosecutions of this kind,” said Mark Weiner, a constitutional law professor and legal historian at Rutgers-Newark School of Law.

Information about the FBI probe were among 498 pages from the FBI file on Gerard Damiano, who directed the movie and died in October. They were released this month under a Freedom of Information Act request by the AP, but more than 1,000 additional pages were withheld under FOIA exemptions and because they duplicated other material; the rest of the file has not yet been reviewed and released.

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