Jeff Bezos Accused The National Enquirer of "Extortion and Blackmail" Over Nude Photos
In an extraordinary move on Thursday, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, published an essay on Medium, in which he described an alleged attempt by National Enquirer parent company AMI to blackmail him.
Bezos, whose alleged affair with reporter Lauren Sanchez has been the subject of headlines over the past month, published emails he received from AMI lawyers threatening to release the following series of photos if Bezos did not comply with their demands.
In addition to the “below the belt selfie—otherwise colloquially known as a ‘d*ck pick’”—The Enquirer obtained a further nine images. These include:
· Mr. Bezos face selfie at what appears to be a business meeting.
· Ms. Sanchez response—a photograph of her smoking a cigar in what appears to be a simulated oral sex scene.
· A shirtless Mr. Bezos holding his phone in his left hand—while wearing his wedding ring. He’s wearing either tight black cargo pants or shorts—and his semi-erect manhood is penetrating the zipper of said garment.
· A full-length body selfie of Mr. Bezos wearing just a pair of tight black boxer-briefs or trunks, with his phone in his left hand—while wearing his wedding ring.
· A selfie of Mr. Bezos fully clothed.
· A full-length scantily-clad body shot with short trunks.
· A naked selfie in a bathroom — while wearing his wedding ring. Mr. Bezos is wearing nothing but a white towel — and the top of his pubic region can be seen.
· Ms. Sanchez wearing a plunging red neckline dress revealing her cleavage and a glimpse of her nether region.
· Ms. Sanchez wearing a two-piece red bikini with gold detail dress revealing her cleavage.
Bezos also shared AMI's list of demands in exchange for not releasing the photos—either all at once or slowly.
1. A full and complete mutual release of all claims that American Media, on the one hand, and Jeff Bezos and Gavin de Becker (the “Bezos Parties”), on the other, may have against each other.
2. A public, mutually-agreed upon acknowledgment from the Bezos Parties, released through a mutually-agreeable news outlet, affirming that they have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AM’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces, and an agreement that they will cease referring to such a possibility.
3. AM agrees not to publish, distribute, share, or describe unpublished texts and photos (the “Unpublished Materials”).
4. AM affirms that it undertook no electronic eavesdropping in connection with its reporting and has no knowledge of such conduct.
5. The agreement is completely confidential.
6. In the case of a breach of the agreement by one or more of the Bezos Parties, AM is released from its obligations under the agreement, and may publish the Unpublished Materials.
7. Any other disputes arising out of this agreement shall first be submitted to JAMS mediation in California
The tension between Bezos and National Enquirer owner David Pecker stems from the Washington Post's coverage of Pecker's use of the publication and AMI for political gain, specifically using his relationship with Donald Trump to benefit Saudi Arabian allies.
In the very revealing post on Medium, Bezos explains that rather than hide behind what AMI claims they have, he'd rather use the opportunity to expose them for "extortion and blackmail." Bezos also stands behind his decision to run the Post, even though it exists as a "complexifier" for him.
Bezos ends his post explaining why he decided to come forward with the full story.
We will soon see what crawls out, indeed, one way or another.
This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.