Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos said Thursday that he was the target of an extortion attempt by the National Enquirer, which he said threatened to publish embarrassing photos of him if he didn’t halt his investigation into how the tabloid obtained private texts and photos between him and his mistress.
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.
In a rare and revealing statement posted to the online publishing platform Medium, Bezos said the Enquirer wanted him to make a false public statement to the news media that Bezos and his security consultant, Gavin de Becker, “have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage [of the affair] was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”
To affirm what I hope is obvious:
i know this is very "hire more female guards" liberal of me but…uh…revenge porn is bad every time.
— varsha v, the last name is long (@_varsha_venkat) February 8, 2019
The fact that Trump’s media lackey-in-chief is named “Pecker” remains the worst writing in this terrible Aaron Sorkin series, which hopefully won’t be renewed after the initial 4-year run of episodes is concluded.
So @tnielsenhayden wonders, how many National Enquirer stories over the years were the promised acts of retaliation on public figures who had refused to comply with their orders.
— P Nielsen Hayden (@pnh) February 8, 2019