The Founder and CEO of Amazon – Jeff Bezos has accused the owner of National Enquirer, an American supermarket tabloid and literary journal published by American Media Inc. (AMI), of extorting and blackmailing him, over his lecherous pictures with former TV host – Lauren Sanchez.
In a shocking blog post titled, ‘No thank you, Mr. Pecker’, on the platform, ‘Medium’, Bezos posted the E-Mails which were sent to his intermediaries by representatives of AMIs, threatening him of making his intimate photos public. The world’s richest man said that AMI also made attempts to stop him from finding out how they got his private messages.
Bezos wrote in his blog, “Of course, I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favours, political attacks and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over and see what crawls out.”
He accused AMI of pressurizing him to make a false public statement that his press coverage in National Enquirer was not politically motivated.
The Press Coverage
In January 2019, soon after Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce plans, National Enquirer published a story stating that Jeff Bezos is having an affair with Lauren Sanchez and is taking her out in his U.S.$ 65 million private jet.
E-Mails from Dylan Howard
Bezos also posted E-Mails from the Editor of National Enquirer – Dylan Howard in his blog. The E-Mail from Dylan included 10 pictures, which the Editor claimed, were obtained during their news gathering exercise.
Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post Newspaper, has said that it is a political move and that his Washington Post (an American daily owned by Bezos) is a complexifier for him because the Chairman and CEO of AMI – David Pecker is a good friend of Donald Trump.
For the records, AMI had recently admitted that it co-ordinated with the Trump’s presidential campaign of paying U.S. $ 150,000 to a Playboy model, in hush money to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Mr. Trump. Mr Trump’s former lawyer Michael has already admitted violating campaign finance laws.