Amazon's Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer owner tried to blackmail him

Amazon's Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer owner tried to blackmail him

Amazon's Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer owner tried to blackmail him

The National Enquirer threatened to publish Jeff Bezos' dick pics if he didn't rein in his personal investigator, and in response the Amazon CEO posted about it on Medium.

Bezos and his wife announced last month that they were divorcing after 25 years of marriage, following a period of "loving exploration" and trial separation.

David J. Pecker, the publisher of the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer, has reached an immunity deal with federal prosecutors in order to serve as a key witness in their investigation into whether Donald Trump made illegal payments to two women who claim they had affairs with him. That prompted Bezos to hire a private investigator, security specialist Gavin de Becker, to determine how the Enquirer obtained the texts. De Becker proceeded to tell media that the leak was politically motivated.

Bezos said the statement AMI was proposing was false and described the offer as an "extortionate proposal".

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According to the letters, in exchange for not publishing these photos, AMI's Deputy General Counsel, Jon Fine, wanted Bezos and his team to acknowledge that "they have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI's coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces, and an agreement that they will cease referring to such a possibility".

A spokesman and an attorney for AMI did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment. "If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?" he said. Cohen pleaded guilty to several federal crimes and admitted that he had made a deal, on Trump's behalf, in which the Enquirer helped Trump's presidential bid by paying $150,000 U.S. to former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal to buy and bury her story.

The alleged emails show the outlet threatening to release a series of texts and photos he sent to his current girlfriend Lauren Sanchez while still married to MacKenzie Bezos.

AMI recently admitted it had co-ordinated with the Trump presidential campaign to pay a Playboy model $150,000 (£115,000) in hush money to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Mr Trump.

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Hours later, the first Enquirer story on his relationship with Sanchez posted online. AMI later approached Mr. Bezos's representatives with an offer. It admitted to "catch-and-kill" practices as part of a deal with federal prosecutors, who agreed to not pursue charges against the company.

"Of course I don't want personal photos published, but I also won't participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favours, political attacks and corruption", Mr Bezos wrote of AMI, explaining why he had chose to speak out.

In his post on Medium, Bezos called his ownership of The Post "a complexifier" for him. President Trump is one of those people, obvious by his many tweets.

This whole story, as Bezos would put it, is complexifying my brain. "It's ripped right out of the law books". That's one of the dangers to democracy of what they were engaged in when they were catching and killing information they could have used against Candidate Trump and now President Trump.

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Sounds like soon some people at The National Enquirer are going to "learn to code". "It's a shocking and frightening thing Mr. Bezos has revealed".

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