Bezos Says National Enquirer Tried to Blackmail Him With Intimate Photos

Bezos Says National Enquirer Tried to Blackmail Him With Intimate Photos

Last month, the Enquirer reported on Bezos divorce and published text messages between him and Lauren Sanchez, whom he was said to be dating.

In another email dated February 6, Fine asked Bezos and his attorney to publicly refute the Post's reporting and announce "that they have no knowledge of basis for suggesting that American Media Inc.'s coverage was politically motivated of influencer by political forces, and an agreement that they will cease referring to such a possibility".

For dramatic purposes, it can't end any other way except with Bezos producing evidence that Trump himself put the Enquirer up to digging up dirt on him, as revenge for the Washington Post's negative coverage of POTUS.

The post, which was linked from Bezos' Twitter account, was a remarkable escalation of a spat between the world's richest man and a tabloid known for its loyalty to the president of the United States.

Mr Bezos said AMI had wanted him to stop looking into it for political reasons.

Bezos says he's posting this "despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten", because of the nature of the blackmail threatened against him.

So, in an attempt to out the publication today, Jeff published their alleged threat via a "confidential" email sent to Martin Singer, the litigation counselor for his investigator.

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For those who haven't been keeping up with this scandal, the National Enquirer originally posted alleged text messages shared between the couple. "If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?" he said. In 2010 the Enquirer began running articles that encouraged the idea of a Trump presidential campaign, according to the Associated Press. Becker and his team suspect Michael Sanchez, a talent manager who touts his support of Mr. Trump and is an acquaintance of Trump allies Roger Stone and Carter Page, may have provided the information to the Enquirer, the person said. Do you see how much I like writing "Pecker"? The e-mails detail explicit photos The Enquirer had obtained of Mr Bezos and Ms Sanchez but hadn't run, and went on say AMI would not publish the photos if Mr Bezos stopped his investigation and publicly said he did not think the leak had been politically motivated.

AMI did not immediately respond to a request for comment. However, AMI's relationship with Donald Trump is in the national interest, and as Bezos points out in his post, AMI "recently entered into an immunity deal with the Department of Justice related to their role in the so-called "Catch and Kill" process on behalf of President Trump and his election campaign".

Patrick Whitesell and Lauren Sanchez at the Los Angeles Premiere Of Warner Bros.

· Mr. Bezos face selfie at what appears to be a business meeting. Here is an excerpt of one e-mail from American Media Inc chief content officer Dylan Howard to Martin Singer, the lawyer of Bezos' longtime private security consultant Gavin de Becker.

Fine, a former executive at Amazon, didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment. The deal not to prosecute was conditional on AMI not committing another crime, the office said.

Trump and Bezos have had a long-standing feud.

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