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Jeff Bezos Claims National Enquirer Threatened to Release Nude Photos of Him Unless Investigations Are Dropped

February 8, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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TMZ reports that founder, chairman, and president of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is going to battle with the National Enquirer and its parent company American Media Inc (AMI). According to Bezos, AMI is threatening to publish photos he exchanged with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez if he doesn’t stop investigations into AMI’s ties to President Donald Trump and the Saudi Arabian government.

Bezos also owns The Washington Post, which has been reporting on Saudi Arabia and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who also wrote for The Washington Post. The Saudi Arabian government was reportedly involved with the murder of Khashoggi. Additionally, Bezos hired a private investigator to discover how the National Enquirer gained possession of his private text messages with Sanchez, which were published last month.

Bezo is also saying he will release the threatening letters from AMI, which say the Enquirer will publish explicit photos of Bezos and Sanchez, unless Bezos and The Washington Post stop their investigation. Documents of the letters can be seen at the above link.

In the e-mails, it appears executives for the National Enquirer claim to have sexually explicit images that were sent between both Bezos and Sanchez. These reportedly include a “naked bathroom selfie [of Bezos], several shirtless snaps of Jeff, and sexually suggestive images of Lauren [Sanchez].”

Bezos is calling this blackmail and says that AMI has miscalculated his reaction. He would rather risk public embarrassment than give in to any extortion attempts by AMI.

Additionally, Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow also stated that AMI has attempted to blackmail him in the past, along with “at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer’s arrangement with Trump.” Farrow added that he did not engage with AMI on the topic.

AMI made the following statement in response to the claims by Jeff Bezos:

“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos. Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.”