Amazon boss accuses tabloid of blackmail, vendetta politics

Feb 08, 2019, 4:15 AM EST
The Amazon CEO and world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, said he was being forced to issue "false public statement."
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The Amazon CEO and world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, has accused tabloid National Enquirer of “blackmail and extortion,” revealing that the owner of the American gossip magazine threatened him with releasing his intimate photographs.

Last month, Bezos and his wife Mackenzie announced they were divorcing, following which National Enquirer, owned and published by American Media Inc (AMI), published Bezos’ “private messages,” of an extramarital affair with Lauren Sánchez, a former TV anchor, writes The Guardian.

Bezos detailed the chain of events in his latest blogpost, entitled “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” referring to David Pecker, the chief executive of AMI.

The billionaire said that the representatives from AMI wanted him to drop a private investigation into how the magazine accessed his private messages and were forcing Bezos to issue a “false public statement” admitting that the coverage of his extramarital affair didn’t have ulterior political motives, notes the BBC.

Bezos didn’t shy away from dragging President Donald Trump’s name in his post, saying that his ownership of the Washington Post has ruffled many feathers, including that of the U.S. state head, whom he called a friend of AMI's boss, David Pecker.