Jeff Bezos Alleges National Enquirer of Blackmail Over Photos

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Bezos says doing that would constitute lying, which suggests that Bezos's investigation has found something concrete.

"In the AMI letters I'm making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal", Mr Bezos wrote. Do you see how much I like writing "Pecker"?

AMI did not immediately return a message from The Post about Farrow's claim. 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. Trump has been highly critical of Bezos and the Post's coverage of the White House.

The blog post came on the same day that Gavin de Becker, Bezos' security adviser, told The Washington Post that he is investigating how text messages between Bezos and former TV anchor and now-paramour Sanchez were obtained and reported by the National Enquirer.

Bezos said in his post. He says AMI later approached his representatives with an offer. He posted an email from Dylan Howard, the chief content officer at AMI, which outlined in detail the photographs they allegedly have in their possession.

Bezos, 55, asserted to AMI through his lawyers that the Enquirer has no right to publish the revealing photos, arguing that he and Sanchez hold the copyright to their own images, and that the photos "don't add anything newsworthy". The law defines extortion as, among other things, obtaining something of value through fear, and AMI's very explicit threat to publish the embarrassing pictures unless Bezos complies, fits that description, according to Elsea.

The story spilled into public on January 9 when Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, revealed they would be divorcing after 25 years of marriage - roughly two days after the Enquirer had informed him it would be publishing a story about his relationship with Sanchez.

In this March 4, 2018 file photo, Jeff Bezos and wife MacKenzie Bezos arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Bezos says he and his wife, MacKenzie, have chose to divorce after 25 years of marriage.

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The Bezos announced their divorce earlier this year.

But Bezos was suspicious about how the tabloid could have possibly gotten access to his private exchanges.

· Mr. Bezos face selfie at what appears to be a business meeting. He doesn't even speak on the company's quarterly financial earnings call with analysts.

Since the tabloid affair, Bezos opened an investigation into the leak led by Gavin de Becker, a public safety expert and former appointee of U.S. President Ronald Reagan. Instead, they've been focusing on Ms. Sanchez's brother, according to a person familiar with the matter.

-With a file from Reuters and the Associated Press.

Fine and de Becker could not immediately be reached for comment.

AMI's relationship with Trump has gotten the company into hot water in the past. The company then intentionally suppressed the story until after the election. Against his buddy David Pecker and AMI, the Enquirer's parent company. Since then, private investigators for the billionaire have been looking into how the Enquirer got the texts. Maybe it started with blackmail involving Trump's exploits and Trump paid the danegeld by cooperating afterward with the Enquirer on exclusives, tipping them off to other celebrity scandals that he heard about, and so forth.

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