This Nine Inch Nails Video Led to an FBI Investigation

LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 10: Trent Renzor and guitarist Aaron North of Nine Inch Nails performs at 106.7 KROQ’s “Almost Acoustic Christmas” at Gibson Amphitheater at Universal Studios on December 10, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images).

Nine Inch Nails hasn’t really strayed away from controversy, but one of their videos once led to an FBI investigation. And it’s not “Closer.” The video for “Down in It,” from Pretty Hate Machine, raised questions from the FBI for the crew’s filming practices. The video required some above-ground shots that the crew decided to get by tying their camera to a weather balloon. The weather balloon strayed too far and was found by a farmer. After getting the camera and balloon, police found video evidence of what appeared to be a murder. Unfortunately, the case was never solved. You can read the full story here.




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