Amazon owners Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer’s publisher of blackmail
Amazon owners and Washington Post owners Jeff Bezos wrote a sardonic minute to American Media Inc. (AMI), a primogenitor association of a National Enquirer, on Thursday, accusing a publication of melancholy to tell “intimate photos” of him, including a “below a belt selfie,” and potentially compromising photos of his reported girlfriend, former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez, if he did not finish an review into a association and a purported domestic ties.
The National Enquirer published a story final month that enclosed pale texts between Bezos and Sanchez. Since then, private investigators for a billionaire have been looking into how a Enquirer got a texts. That set off, according to Bezos, a hazard to behind off or risk carrying a personal photos exposed.
Among them, he claims: a lavatory selfie in that he’s “wearing zero though a white towel,” “a full-length physique selfie of Mr. Bezos wearing only a span of parsimonious black boxer-briefs or trunks,” and a print of Sanchez “smoking a cigar,” presumably in a revealing way.
Bezos’ minute to a media association was published Thursday on Medium.com. He also published association between AMI and lawyers for his investigator, Gavin de Becker.
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“In a AMI letters I’m creation public, we will see a accurate sum of their outrageous proposal,” Bezos wrote. “They will tell a personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and we make a specific fake open matter to a press that we ‘have no believe or basement for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically encouraged or shabby by domestic forces.’
“If we do not determine to affirmatively ventilate that specific lie, they contend they’ll tell a photos, and quickly,” he continued. “And there’s an compared threat: They’ll keep a photos on palm and tell them in a destiny if we ever deviating from that lie.”
“Be assured,” Bezos continued, “no genuine reporters ever introduce anything like what is function here: we will not news annoying information about we if we do X for me. And if we don’t do X quickly, we will news a annoying information.”
One email Bezos published, apparently from an AMI representative, threatened to tell 9 images in further to a “below a belt selfie — differently colloquially famous as a ‘d–k pick.’”
“These communications concrete AMI’s long-earned repute for weaponizing journalistic privileges, stealing behind critical protections, and ignoring a beliefs and purpose of loyal journalism,” Bezos concluded. “Of march we don’t wish personal photos published, though we also won’t attend in their obvious use of blackmail, domestic favors, domestic attacks, and corruption. we cite to mount up, hurl this record over, and see what crawls out.”
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A Fox News ask for criticism from AMI was not immediately returned.
Images of Jessica Sanchez and Jeff Bezos were threatened to be expelled by AMI, Bezos alleged.
Last month, a Enquirer reported that Bezos sent “sleazy content messages and purgation adore notes” to Sanchez, months before Bezos announced he was bursting adult with his wife, MacKenzie. Reporters for a Enquirer followed Bezos and Sanchez “across 5 states and 40,000 miles” and “tailed them in private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, regretful hikes, five-star hotel hideaways, insinuate cooking dates and ‘quality time’ in dark adore nests,” a publication pronounced in a story about a relationship.
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AMI has been in a domestic spotlight mostly during a Trump administration.
In December, sovereign prosecutors announced that they wouldn’t be posterior charges opposite a association for spending $150,000 during a 2016 choosing to buy, afterwards conceal, ex-Playboy indication Karen McDougal’s story claiming a past event with President Trump.
Fox News’ Alex Pappas and The Associated Press contributed to this report.