Amazon founder Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer owner American Media Inc. (AMI) of extortion & blackmailing by releasing compromising photos of him with former Los Angeles news anchor Lauren Sanchez including romantic text messages the two had sent one another.
AMI compay promised to publish the unreleased emails and text unless Bezos affirms that AMI’s coverage was not politically motivated or influenced by political forces.
According to a released post for Bezos on Medium titled “No thank you, Mr. Pecker, emails from AMI detailing what he described as “extortion and blackmail from referring to AMI’s chairman and CEO, David Pecker :
“Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing,Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten, In the AMI letters I’m making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal: They will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we ‘have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces”.
Referring that Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are getting divorced after 25 years of marriage before releasing those e-mails & images.
Beros claims that these aggressive compaign of blackmailing & extortion comes after publshing an article on “wachingtonpost” reveals the interests of Pecker and AMI in expanding to Saudi Arabia.
“(W)ith The Washington Post poised to publish unsubstantiated rumors of The National Enquirer’s initial report, I wanted to describe to you the photos obtained during our newsgathering, “It is our understanding that your client’s representatives, including the Washington Post, continue to pursue and to disseminate these false and spurious allegations in a manner that is injurious to American Media and its executives,Accordingly, we hereby demand that you cease and desist such defamatory conduct immediately. Any further dissemination of these false, vicious, speculative and unsubstantiated statements is done at your client’s peril”, Fine said in the email.
On the other hand, Saudi Arabia denied those accusations. KSA said it has no “absolute relationship” to a US newspaper report of an alleged out-of-wedlock relationship to the president of Amazon, the Washington Post, Jeff Bezos, and the latter’s accusation of “blackmailing” him by threatening to publish a politically motivated intimate image.
Adel Al-Jubeir, KSA Foreign minister when told CBS News “This is something between the two parties and we have nothing to do with it, It seems to me like a social television series”.