Amazon Boss Jeff Bezos Accuses National Enquirer of Blackmail

first_img Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Jeff Bezos took to the Internet this week to air his dirty laundry—before the National Enquirer could.The Amazon CEO shared emails from AMI executives threatening to release embarrassing photos of Bezos and the woman the Enquirer claims is his mistress.“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,” Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, wrote in a Thursday blog post.The wild story that follows—which plays out like a Hollywood blockbuster—began with an immunity deal.In August, federal prosecutors reached an agreement with Enquirer owner David Pecker, related to his role in a so-called “catch and kill” transaction, in which a newspaper buys the exclusive rights to a story without the intention of publishing it. In this case, to protect President Trump and his 2016 election campaign.“I didn’t know much about most of that a few weeks ago when intimate texts from me were published in the National Enquirer,” according to Bezos.In a move that reportedly sent Pecker into a rage, Bezos launched an investigation into how his private messages—allegedly proving an affair between the married businessman and entertainment reporter Lauren Sanchez (which ultimately led to his pending divorce)—were obtained.AMI retaliated, demanding Bezos halt the investigation, and threatening to release 10 compromising images, including one described by the Enquirer‘s lawyer as a “below the belt selfie—otherwise colloquially known as a d*ck pick*.”“Well, that got my attention,” Bezos admitted. “But not in the way they likely hoped.“Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there’s a much more important matter involved here,” he explained. “If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?”In taking a stand, Bezos is bringing attention to a company’s misconduct and selfish practices. But that won’t necessarily stop the Enquirer from sharing the confidential content it somehow acquired. There is still a chance the world will see Jeff Bezos’s penis.“Of course I don’t want personal photos published,” the tech titan wrote. “But I also won’t participate in [AMI’s] well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.”Read the full correspondence between American Media Inc. and Bezos’s lawyers on Medium.* AMI Chief Content Officer Dylan Howard’s misspelling, not mineMore on Geek.com:Jeff Bezos Just Bought the Washington Post for $250 Million in CashJeff Bezos Touts Installation of 10,000-Year Clock—FinallyAmazon Alexa Now Lets You Choose Your Own Adventurelast_img