Jeff Bezos Accuses Tabloid Of 'Extortion' Over 'Intimate Texts'

Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Do you see how much I like writing "Pecker"?

What it comes down to is that Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, has claimed their investigation was "politically motivated".

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 made a decision to divorce after 25 years of marriage.

The feud between Bezos and the National Enquirer started last month, when the tabloid first published photos showing Bezos with Sanchez, which were supposedly taken before the Amazon CEO filed for a divorce from his wife.

It's a long, rambling post, but the gist of it is that - possibly thanks to a deep political/media conspiracy - American Media, owners of the National Enquirer, have been threatening Bezos with the publication of his n00dz, which emerged as part of the sexting scandal which destroyed his marriage.

On Jan. 31, de Becker was quoted in the Daily Beast suggesting that the Enquirer's pursuit of Bezos was politically motivated. He owns the Washington Post, which has written critical stories about Trump, who counts Pecker as a close ally. It acts as Amazon's "chief lobbyist", Trump has said on Twitter, without presenting evidence. Chief Executive Officer Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer and its publisher David Pecker of extortion and blackmail, stepping up a war of words between the world's richest man and a confidant of U.S. President Donald Trump. "It is unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy", Bezos wrote. President Trump is one of those people, obvious by his many tweets.

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Neither Fine nor an AMI spokesman immediately returned messages seeking comment about Bezos' post.

One email Bezos published, apparently from an AMI representative, threatened to publish nine images in addition to the "below the belt selfie - otherwise colloquially known as a 'd-k pick'".

Pecker was "apoplectic" about the investigation, Bezos wrote, and a few days later his team was approached, both verbally then digitally, with an offer: Make a public statement claiming that AMI's coverage wasn't politically motivated, or the Enquirer would post another round personal photos, this time of an intimate nature, Bezos wrote.

In return for such an acknowledgement, according to the email, AMI offered "not to publish, distribute, share, or describe unpublished texts and photos".

Bezos' public letter seems to suggest that federal agents should investigate whether AMI may have violated the terms of its non-prosecution agreement with prosecutors in Manhattan over its role in the 2016 hush money payments.

Mr de Becker did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The National Enquirer admitted past year, according to the Southern District of NY police, to facilitating a USD$150,000 payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to retain exclusive rights to her story - some say to ensure the details weren't released until after the campaign. The deal not to prosecute was conditional on AMI not committing another crime, the office said.

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