Bezos accuses Enquirer of 'blackmail' over intimate photos

Jeff Bexos

Amazon's founder and CEO Jeff Bezos wrote a blog post on Thursday claiming that the National Enquirer's parent company American Media Inc (AMI) tried to blackmail him with the publication of "intimate photos".

The Bezos affair became public when the Enquirer published a January 9 story about his relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor who is also married.

"They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn't stop our investigation", Bezos wrote in the post. If he declined, AMI threatened to publish compromising photos of Bezos and Sanchez.

The feud between Bezos and the National Enquirer started last month, when the tabloid first published photos showing Bezos with Sanchez, which were supposedly taken before the Amazon CEO filed for a divorce from his wife.

"(W) ith The Washington Post poised to publish unsubstantiated rumors of The National Enquirer's initial report, I wanted to describe to you the photos obtained during our newsgathering". Howard ends his email by saying, "It would give no editor pleasure to send this email. I hope common sense can prevail - and quickly".

"It's unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy", Mr Bezos said in his post. Last April, Farrow published a story in the New Yorker about the Enquirer's "catch and kill" practice - in which stories are buried by paying off sources - that benefited Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.

In a statement to the Post, AMI rejected the suggestion that any external forces influenced its reporting on Bezos, which it has described as its largest investigation, consuming four months and covering 40,000 miles.




Reporters for the Enquirer followed Bezos and Sanchez "across five states and 40,000 miles" and "tailed them in private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, romantic hikes, five-star hotel hideaways, intimate dinner dates and "quality time" in hidden love nests", the tabloid said in its story. "I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out", Bezos says.

Several days ago, someone at AMI told Mr. Bezos's team that the company's chief executive David Pecker was "apoplectic" about Mr. Bezos's investigation, Mr. Bezos said.

American Media Inc (AMI), the owner of the National Enquirer, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Shortly after that, Bezos opened an investigation into the leak led by Gavin de Becker, a longtime security consultant and former appointee of U.S. President Ronald Reagan.

AMI's chief executive, David Pecker, has had a long friendship with President Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Bezos, Amazon and The Washington Post.

AMI's agreement to co-operate with federal authorities means it will not face criminal charges over the payments, Manhattan prosecutors announced in December. The deal not to prosecute was conditional on AMI not committing another crime, the office said.

A long-simmering feud between Mr Donald Trump and Mr Jeff Bezos took a freaky turn after the multi-billionaire accused allies of the United States President of brazenly trying to extort him. Or at least that's what the top people at the National Enquirer thought.

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