Amazon founder accuses National Enquirer of blackmailing over indecent photos

Amazon founder accuses National Enquirer of blackmailing over indecent photos

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Los Angeles, Feb 8 : Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer's owner of trying to blackmail him over publishing indecent pictures unless he stopped investigating how other private photos and messages were obtained by the tabloid.

Mr Bezos said the magazine's parent company American Media Inc (AMI) wanted him to drop an investigation into how it obtained his private messages. Mr Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, said last month they were getting divorced and their announcement came just before the National Enquirer carried reports about the tech titan's extramarital affair.

Legions of Twitter users bashed National Enquirer chief David Pecker after Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Pecker tried to “blackmail” him to intervene in a Washington Post investigation of Enquirer parent company American Media Inc. (AMI). If he did not intervene, Bezos alleges, the Enquirer’s representatives said the publication would make public intimate photos of him and Lauren Sanchez, a woman with whom he had a romantic relationship.

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon CEO, is also the owner of The Washington Post. Bezos, in a blog post Thursday on Medium, accused intermediaries of Pecker, who is chairman of AMI, of threatening to publish 10 embarrassing photos of Bezos — including a “dick pic” selfie. As a proof of evidence, Bezos also attached an email allegedly from AMI content manager Dylan Howard.

Bezos is the world’s richest man, with a stake in Amazon valued at roughly $127 billion. Twitter moments shared a report:

According to emails included by Mr Bezos in his blog, an AMI lawyer proposed on Wednesday that the photos would not be published in return for a public statement "affirming that Bezos and his team have no knowledge or basis" to suspect such a motive. "Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail," wrote Mr Bezos, "I've decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten."

Bezos also pointed to the publisher’s(National Enquirer and its owner David Pecker) past cooperation with Mr. Trump, as well as its connections to the government of Saudi Arabia. The Washington Post has relentlessly reported on the murder last year of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident. (UNI)