Executive - Bezos Accuses Tabloid Of Extortion
The world's wealthiest man Jeff Bezos is accusing the National Enquirer tabloid of trying to extort him with the threatened release of compromising photographs.
The billionaire founder of Amazon and owner of the Washington Post newspaper released emails documenting what he calls "extortion and blackmail" on the part of executives with AMI, the publisher of the Enquirer.
"Something unusual happened to me yesterday. Actually, for me it wasn't just unusual - it was a first. I was made an offer I couldn't refuse. Or at least that's what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I'm glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing," Bezos wrote. "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."
One might believe that the world's richest man couldn't care less what other people think about him and his "dick pics". But Bezos is reportedly going through a divorce, and the Enquirer later claimed that it had been investigating him for months over an alleged affair with a Los Angeles TV news reader.
The National Enquirer is run by David Pecker, a close associate of Donald Trump. Pecker was granted immunity in a federal investigation into former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. In exchange, Pecker agreed to provide federal prosecutors information on hush money deals.