Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of photo blackmail

Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer of 'extortion and blackmail'

Amazon's Jeff Bezos says National Enquirer tried to blackmail him over 'intimate photos'

The representative did not provide a comment from the company.

For those who haven't been keeping up with this scandal, the National Enquirer originally posted alleged text messages shared between the couple. (AMI), the Enquirer's parent company.

"Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail", he wrote in a blog post on Medium, the executive published emails they sent proposing a "completely confidential" agreement.

After the tabloid published a story about his extramarital affair last month, Bezos ordered a team of private investigators to get to find out how the Enquirer obtained lurid texts between him and former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez. And of course it's possible that the Enquirer might have sought to destroy Bezos believing that it'd please Trump but without ever being asked to do anything by the president.

Then, in an email to de Becker's attorney, AMI Deputy General Counsel Jon Fine referenced Bezos' investigation and the Post's reporting.

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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. The Enquirer started posting parts of its exposé online that day.

On Jan. 31, de Becker was quoted in the Daily Beast suggesting that the Enquirer's pursuit of Bezos was politically motivated.

The billionaire, who also owns the Washington Post, said AMI had wanted him to make a "false public statement" that the National Enquirer's coverage of him and his mistress was not politically motivated.

AMI chief executive David Pecker is an ally of President Donald Trump, who has criticized Bezos for the Post's reporting on his administration and conflated Bezos' ownership of the news organization and Amazon.

That admission was part of a deal between AMI and federal prosecutors, who agreed to not pursue charges against the company for secretly assisting Trump's campaign by paying $150,000 U.S. to a Playboy model for the rights to her story about an alleged affair with the then-candidate.

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"It's unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy", Bezos wrote. "Alleged conduct like this puts them in the position to rethink that deal and potentially turn around and have to prosecute AMI, and that undermines their ability to continue to use them to assist other ongoing investigations".

Bezos claimed AMI had approached him and his lawyers with verbal threats to expose photos, but his lawyers argued AMI had no right to publish the photos.

Bezos fought back against the idea that the tumult in his personal life is impacting his role as CEO of the Seattle-based commerce and technology giant.

As our own dear leader expounded upon at length on his podcast, Bezos is a grown ass man going through a divorce. "I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out".

It does not appear that AMI demanded any money from Bezos - only that he call off his investigation and issue a statement saying the coverage wasn't political. "Dylan Howard stands ready to discuss the matter at your convenience", Bezos claims was stated in a letter sent to him from the Enquirer. In 2010 the Enquirer began running articles that encouraged the idea of a Trump presidential campaign, according to the Associated Press.

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