Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, in a tell-all blog post on Friday, revealed how the publisher of US tabloid, National Enquirer attempted to extort him by threatening to release his intimate photos.

The post by Bezos on the blogging platform Medium revealed what he said were the full text of emails his representatives got from executives at AMI, the publisher of the National Enquirer.

Bezos, the billionaire founder of online retail outlet, Amazon alleged that AMI threatened to release compromising photos of him which he had exchanged with his alleged mistress.

Bezos titled his post “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” referring to AMI’s chairman and CEO, David Pecker. In the text, he shared what he said was an email from AMI’s chief content officer, Dylan Howard, in which Howard threatened to release intimate and personal photos and text messages of Bezos and TV anchor, Lauren Sanchez, the woman the National Enquirer said he was having an affair with.

“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.”

“In the AMI letters I’m making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal: They will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we ‘have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.’

Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, are getting divorced after 25 years of marriage, allegedly over the cheating scandal.

After Bezos made his divorce plans public, the National Enquirer said it had been investigating Bezos for four months, claiming it had evidence that Bezos has been “whisking his mistress off to exotic destinations on his $65 million private jet.”

Bezos included an email from Howard to de Becker’s lawyer. In the email, Howard wrote that he had evidence of 10 photographs of Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, including nude selfies. In his introduction to his descriptions of the photos, Howard appeared to make reference to an upcoming Post article that quoted de Becker.”(W)ith The Washington Post poised to publish unsubstantiated rumors of The National Enquirer’s initial report, I wanted to describe to you the photos obtained during our newsgathering.”

Bezos called the exchanges an “extortionate proposal.”

Pecker has become a public name because of his association with President 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.

Cohen admitted that he made payments to AMI, which in turn paid women who claim they had affairs with Trump. AMI purchased the rights to the women’s stories but never published them — a technique known as “catch and kill.”




CNN Business reported that Howard and AMI deputy general counsel Jon Fine did not immediately respond to their requests for comment. Neither did a spokesperson for the Washington Post. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment other than to confirm that Bezos wrote the post.

With additional information from CNN

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