Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos just wrote a huge post on Medium, claiming that the National Enquirer’s parent company American Media Inc. (AMI) threatened to blackmail him unless he pledged to end an investigation “into the company and its alleged political ties.”
I’ve written a post about developments with the National Enquirer and its parent company, AMI. You can find it here: https://t.co/G1ykJAPPwy
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) February 7, 2019
NEW: “If, in my position, I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?”
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest man, accuses “National Enquirer” publisher of blackmail and extortion in deeply personal online post. pic.twitter.com/YpUzwPTNiV
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) February 7, 2019
The National Enquirer published a story last month that included lurid texts between Bezos and Sanchez. Since then, private investigators for the billionaire have been looking into how the Enquirer got the texts. That set off, according to Bezos, a threat to back off or risk having the personal photos exposed.
Among them, he claims: a bathroom selfie in which he’s “wearing nothing but a white towel,” “a full-length body selfie of Mr. Bezos wearing just a pair of tight black boxer-briefs or trunks,” and a photo of Sanchez “smoking a cigar,” possibly in a suggestive way.
Oh, and a “below the belt selfie — otherwise colloquially known as a ‘d*ck pic.’” <—- their words, not mine.
“In the AMI letters I’m making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal,” Bezos wrote in his post. “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.”
“If we do not agree to affirmatively publicize that specific lie, they say they’ll publish the photos, and quickly,” he continued. “And there’s an associated threat: They’ll keep the photos on hand and publish them in the future if we ever deviate from that lie.”
So yeah. That’s happening. FYI. You can read his full post here.
h/t Fox News