Historians have for years speculated about the sexuality of the first FBI chief, J. Edgar Hoover, with some suggesting he was gay and enjoyed cross-dressing.

And with an upcoming movie about his life in the pipeline, it seems current bosses at the bureau were more than a little concerned about the whispers spreading.

When Clint Eastwood, who is directing the biopic, and Lionardo Dicaprio, who plays Hoover, met with bureau representatives to research the part, they were reportedly warned not to camp up the role.

The FBI’s assistant director Mike Kortan told them: ‘Vague rumours and fabrications have cropped up from time to time, but there is no evidence in the historical record on this issue.’

He added that he merely passed on his expertise and that ‘what they did with [the information], as with any production, has been entirely in their hands’.

Lionardo Dicaprio, meanwhile, is said to have been warned by one of Hoover’s aides, Cartha DeLoach, that there was ‘never any evidence of it whatsoever’.

DeLoach, who is now 91, added: ‘I travelled with him, I ate in his home and he in mine.

‘I knew Clyde Tolson to be Mr Hoover’s companion and best friend. When you are somebody like Mr. Hoover, I guess you need somebody to talk to.’

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