Was Frank Sinatra in the Mafia?

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There is no evidence that Frank Sinatra actually participated in organized crime, but there is plenty of evidence showing that Sinatra has social connections to people who participated in organized crime. Whether this makes Sinatra guilty by association seems to be more of a matter of opinion than fact.

In addition to being friendly with well-known mafia members such as Lucky Luciano, Sinatra did seem to benefit from his connections to organized crime, and he also seemed willing to use his star power to help members of the mafia, including exerting influence in the political sphere. Sinatra complained that accusations of wrongdoing were unfair and that he was being stereotyped based on his Italian heritage.