Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez (left) at an Amazon party after the Golden Globe The creator of Amazon and the richest man in the world, Jeff Bezos, told Medium that he was the first to encounter an attempt at blackmail. A businessman accused the leadership of the tabloid The National Enquirer of threats to publish a series of personal photos that he sent to his alleged mistress Lauren Sanchez. Bezos, instead of “capitulation before extortion,” announced the details of his correspondence with a representative of the publication.
The National Enquirer, which is part of the American Media Inc (AMI) holding, covers the rumors in detail about Bezos’s personal life. The first article with personal photos of the businessman and former TV host Sanchez, made before the divorce, appeared in the tabloid on January 10, the day after the announcement of the separation from his wife. Then on The National Enquirer website , at least 10 more materials were publishedwith accusations of treason and phrases like “shameless Bezos”. After January 24, publications have stopped.
After the release of the first articles of The National Enquirer, the head of Amazon announced the start of its own investigation, to find out why the holding writes so biased about his divorce and whether it is not related to political motives. The conflict is aggravated by the fact that Bezos owns The Washington Post, which regularly criticizes Donald Trump, and The National Enquirer and its publisher David Pecker have supported the incumbent since the election campaign. Trump also frequently writes on Twitter, that the unhappy publications The Washington Post, in his criticism of tying edition with Amazon.
As Bezos explained in his post, AMI’s lawyer John Fine wrote to him and demanded to publicly refute the statement on political motives of The National Enquirer. The lawyer assured that the tabloid covered the topic of Amazon’s divorce solely because he is known.Fine stressed that the publication will cease to publish personal pictures of Bezos, if he stops the investigation..
According to Bezos, an AMI representative described photographs to him that may appear on the pages of The National Enquirer.
- Selfie Bezos at a prospective business meeting;
- The answer to this is a selfie from Sanchez, where she smokes a cigar, imitating oral sex;
- Bezos is shirtless holding a smartphone in his left hand with a wedding ring. On the businessman, tight black trousers with a “semi-aggregate farm”;
- Self-length Bezos in full growth, he is in tight black shorts with a phone in his left hand with a wedding ring;
- Selfie fully clothed Bezos;
- Nude selfie in the bathroom with a wedding ring on his hand. On Bezos, only a white towel;
- Sanchez in a red dress with a frank neckline;
AMI and Amazon have not yet commented on the situation.
The publisher of The National Enquirer, David Peker, has maintained a relationship with Trump for many years, including during the 2016 elections. In September 2018, AMI entered into a pre-trial agreement with the prosecutor’s office, pledging to disclose details of how Pecker helped a policy to hide the facts of intimate relationships with women. Tabloid including bought out the story about Trump’s novel and models Karen McDougal, after which he did not publish it.