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

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The Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, has accused the owner of the National Enquirer of “extortion and blackmail”, alleging that lawyers for David Pecker threatened the tabloid would publish text messages and intimate images if Bezos didn’t halt an investigation into how it had obtained those files.

In a lengthy Medium blogpost titled “No thank you, Mr Pecker”, Bezos accused American Media Inc (AMI), which publishes the National Enquirer, of telling him “they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation”.

Bezos, who is the world richest man and also owns the Washington Post, became the subject of tabloid fodder in January after he and his wife MacKenzie announced they were divorcing. Shortly after, the National Enquirer published “intimate text messages” revealing Bezos’ relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a former tv anchor.

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