Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, stated that he was the victim of “blackmail and extortion” by the publisher of the National Enquirer. Bezos claimed that the publisher threatened to release personal and revealing photographs unless he ceased his investigation on how the tabloid obtained other messages and private photos.
Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, outlined his interactions with American Media Inc. in an incredibly detailed post on the medium.com website.
After the National Enquirer published a story about his extramarital affair in January, Bezos hired private investigators to look into how the tabloid obtained the texts between him and Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor. There has been a public relations battle since the article was released.
Jeff Bezos’ private investigators claimed that the National Enquirer’s coverage of his affair was politically related. Jeff has been criticized by President Donald Trump over the Washington Post’s essential coverage of the White House. American Media Inc. also admitted to engaging in a “catch-and-kill” practice to assist Trump during his presidential campaign.
The admission made by American Media Inc. was part of a deal made between the company and federal prosecutors who agreed to not press charges for assisting Trump. American Media Inc. paid $150,000 to a Playboy model to gain the rights to her story on an alleged affair with Trump.
A few days ago, an employee at AMI advised Bezos’ team that David Pecker, CEO at AMI, was furious over Jeff Bezos’ investigation into the National Enquirer. Bezos claimed that the company later approached his representatives with a threatening offer. The post said that American Media Inc. advised it has more photos and messages that it is publishing if he doesn’t stop the investigation.
According to emails Bezos posted, one of American Media Inc.’s attorneys offered a deal that said the Enquirer won’t release the photos if both Bezos and his investigators make a public statement. The statement must confirm that they have no proof or knowledge that suggests the Enquirer’s story was politically motivated.