Amazon’s Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer owner of ‘extortion and blackmail’

Amazon’s Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer owner of ‘extortion and blackmail’

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accused the National Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., of “extortion and blackmail” on Thursday for threatening to publish scandalous photos of him and his girlfriend if he didn’t drop an investigation into how the tabloid obtained text messages exposing his extra-marital affair.

According to the emails that Bezos published, which have not been independently reviewed by NBC News, AMI threatened to publish texts from Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, that included photos of a sexual nature. In exchange for withholding the photos, AMI demanded that Bezos stop the Washington Post, which he owns, from reporting about political motivations behind the National Enquirer’s initial reports about his relationship with the former TV anchor.

via NBC Amazon’s Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer owner of ‘extortion and blackmail’