Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Exclusive: Bruce Springsteen Arrest Report Includes 24 Pages Held Back by Dept. of Interior “Pending Trial”


What is the government hiding about Bruce Springsteen’s arrest? And whatever it is, could it help his case?

I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Department of the Interior when Springsteen’s arrest was announced, at the suggestion of a local New Jersey police insider. This was because the record of Bruce’s arrest wasn’t available through regular police inquiries. The arrest had been in a national park, so it was a federal issue, they said.

In the interim, TMZ and other outlets ferreted out what they thought was the complete police report. In that report, Springsteen told an arresting officer that he had consumed “two shots of tequila in the last 20 minutes.” It continued: “Springsteen smelt strongly of alcohol coming off his person and had glassy eyes,” the report continued, before stating that the New Jersey singer, who was arrested for DWI, performed a “standardized field sobriety tests and observed four out of six clues on the [horizontal gaze] test.”

But now today my FOIA request was denied. But in the denial came this news: “We are withholding 24 pages of records due to the case is still pending trial.”

The reason for the withholding, it says, is because of Exemption 6. “Exemption 6 allows an agency to withhold “personnel and medical files and similar files the disclosure of which would constitute a clearly unwarranted invasion of personal privacy.”

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Also Exemption 7: “Exemption 7(C) protects law enforcement records if their release could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. It is regularly applied to withhold references to individuals in law enforcement files. For the materials that have been withheld under 7(C), we have determined that releasing them would constitute an unwarranted invasion of privacy because they identify individuals referenced in law enforcement records and the release of this information would not shed light on an agency’s performance of its statutory duties.”

What is going on here? Why is this arrest not transparent? It’s a minor infraction at best. I’ve appealed the denial, although that may not be answered before Springsteen’s February 24th virtual court appearance.

As I’ve written before, I’ve rarely seen anyone as selfless and menschy as Bruce Springsteen, let alone a gigantic public figure. Let’s hope we get to the bottom of this, and do some good for Bruce for a change.


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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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