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Nathan Elgin James and FSU

Extortion Charges Against Hardcore Musician, Filmmaker and FSU Founder


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Musician, filmmaker and FSU founder Elgin James

Devastation Management
Updated May 11, 2011
On July 14, 2009, FBI agents arrested musician, filmmaker and FSU founder Elgin Nathan James on a federal extortion charge. It's alleged that James extorted $5,000 from a member of the band Mest, related to incidents that took place on the 2005 Vans Warped Tour.

Background Information on FSU, James and the straight edge movement

What is FSU?

A background on FSU and its founder Elgin James.

What is Straight Edge?

FSU is part of a larger movement called straight edge. We break down the beliefs and music at the movement's core.

A Profile of Mest

Information on the case's alleged victims.

Elgin Nathan James in the News

The Elgin James film Little Bird looks like it will be released before he is... - Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Millennium Entertainment acquires the rights to distribute James' film in North America.

FSU founder Elgin Nathan James sentenced to one year in extortion case - Wednesday, March 11, 2011

Elgin Nathan James was sentenced to a year in prison on extortion charges related to the 2006 attempted extortion of a Chicago musician (officially unnamed, but widely regarded to be a member of Mest).

Elgin James FSU Update - James in Chicago for a Pre-trial Appearance and More on Mest - Friday August 7, 2009

Sources close to James offer up info on the case insight on James, and round up some information on Mest.

Elgin James on National Geographic's Inside Straight Edge - Wednesday August 5, 2009

In addition to FSU’s most infamous video appearances on the Boston Beatdown series, James also appeared on the National Geographic series Inside Straight Edge, a documentary about the straight edge movement which details the early days of FSU.

FBI Arrests Alleged Founder of Hardcore Punk Street Gang on Extortion Charge - Wednesday, July 15, 2009

According to a Dept. of Justice Press Release, James allegedly extorted $5,000 from an unnamed victim, who is “a popular recording artist from the Chicago area.”

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