Amazon's Jeff Bezos Claims He's Being Extorted by National Enquirer

Jeff Bezos accuses the National Enquirer of 'extortion and blackmail'

Bezos posted a scathing letter to AMI on Thursday accusing the tabloid of threatening to publish "intimate photos" of him and Sanchez if he did not end an investigation into the company and its alleged political ties. In exchange, "AM agrees not to publish, distribute, share or describe unpublished texts and photos".

Mr. Bezos, who is also owner of The Washington Post, detailed his interactions with American Media Inc.in an extraordinary blog post Thursday on the Medium.com website.

"AMI, the owner of the National Enquirer, led by David Pecker, recently entered into an immunity deal with the Department of Justice related to their role in the so-called "Catch and Kill" process on behalf of President Trump and his election campaign".

"I and at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer's arrangement with Trump fielded similar "stop digging or we'll ruin you" blackmail efforts from AMI", Farrow tweeted Thursday evening.

AMI did not immediately return a message from The Post about Farrow's claim.

Ironically, becoming a Trump nemesis doesn't seem to have hurt the Amazon founder's fortunes.

The blog post marks the latest twist in a weeks-long saga that has brought the personal life of Mr Bezos, the richest person in the world, into the spotlight.

Bezos usually stays out of the public eye, frequently delegating announcements and public Amazon business updates to his executives.

Mr Trump has threatened Amazon with antitrust prosecution, but nothing has materialised.

The Washington Post has published many articles critical of the president.

The report didn't provide explicit instructions on how much more the Postal Service should charge.

· A selfie of Mr. Bezos fully clothed.

Mr Bezos and his wife announced last month that they were divorcing after 25 years of marriage, following a period of "loving exploration" and trial separation.

Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, said the Enquirer made the blackmail threat after he began looking into how the tabloid acquired text messages that revealed his relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former TV anchor.

Ted Boutrous, a veteran lawyer who briefly represented McDougal in a dispute with the Enquirer, said the emails Bezos described in his post are "a textbook example of blackmail and extortion".

Mr Bezos, his newspaper and Amazon are all regular targets of Mr Trump's signature Twitter tirades.

In its January 9 story, the Enquirer said reporters followed Bezos and Sanchez "across five states and 40,000 miles" and "tailed them in private jets, swanky limos, helicopter rides, romantic hikes, five-star hotel hideaways, intimate dinner dates and "quality time" in hidden love nests". He says AMI later approached his representatives with an offer.

In an email dated February 5, 2019, Jon Fine, the deputy general counsel of AMI, defends the Enquirer's reporting on Bezos' impending divorce, including the publication of "private photographs", and criticizes "continuing defamatory activities" by Bezos. But if the photos were captured in a private room, they will have to be proven newsworthy.

Amazon chief Jeff Bezos has released emails he claimed to have received from United States tabloid The National Enquirer, in which the publication is shown to be extorting him.

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