Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos claims a lawyer for the National Enquirer emailed his counsel with a threat to post sexual pictures he had sent to his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez.
In a blog post published Thursday, Bezos accused AMI, which owns the National Enquirer, of blackmail and extortion.
“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 … I make the specific false public statement … that we ‘have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated …'” Bezos wrote in the post.
Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced their divorce last month. On the same day of the announcement, the National Enquirer broke news about Bezos’ affair with Sanchez, with private photos of the two dating.
“These communications cement AMI’s long-earned reputation for weaponizing journalistic privileges, hiding behind important protections, and ignoring the tenets and purpose of true journalism. Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption.”