Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has published a surprising personal blog post on the Medium platform, detailing what he claims is extortion and blackmail on behalf of the tabloid. National Researcher.
In a post titled “No, thank you, Mr. Pecker,” Bezos claims that he is threatened with the posting of nude photos of him and suggestive photos of Lauren Sanchez, the news anchor and reporter with whom Bezos had an affair. That is, unless he agrees to make a statement publicly downplaying the motivations behind National researcher The parent company American Media Inc.’s investigation into his personal life, stating that the company was never “politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”
National researcher Bezos’ first detailed case, which led to the dissolution of his marriage to MacKenzie Bezos, last month.
Bezos is facing extortion at the risk of leaking his nudes
What might “political forces” have to do with Jeff Bezos’ love life? AMI is at the center of an ongoing legal controversy involving President Donald Trump over the practice of “catch and kill”, where a publication acquires the exclusive rights to incriminate information about someone and on purpose prevent Since it becomes news, through nondisclosure agreements and other legal techniques, to prevent it from coming to light: protect one person, in that case Trump, from damaging the stories.
(Through court documents, it was discovered that AMI used the “catch and kill” tactic to kill a story about Trump’s alleged case with a woman before his presidential campaign by paying $ 150,000 for exclusivity. The CEO of AMI, David Pecker, a close friend of Trump’s, was allegedly rewarded for this and other support during the Trump campaign with an invitation to dinner at the White House for Pecker and someone close to the royal family of Saudi Arabia, where Pecker was looking for business and seeking acquisition financing.)
AMI allegedly reached out to Bezos after learning that he had been conducting his own private investigation into how National researcher Got your text message. Company lawyers tried to persuade Bezos to close the investigation because of the likelihood that it could lead to more revelations about AMI’s “catch and kill” tactics and his political ties to Trump and other world leaders, Bezos says. in the Medium post. “If your client agrees to cease and desist from such defamatory behavior, we are willing to engage in constructive conversations regarding the texts and photos in our possession,” read one of the emails sent to Bezos’ private investigation legal team .
The photos in question include a “full-length selfie of Mr. Bezos wearing only a pair of tight black boxers or boxers”, and a “nude selfie in a bathroom … wearing only a white towel”, among others including an explicit dick pic . The full summary of the photograph came from a threatening email sent to the attorney for Gavin de Becker, the well-known security consultant Bezos hired to lead the private investigation, written by none other than Dylan Howard, AMI’s chief content officer. (In late 2017, Howard was charged with sexual harassment and misconduct during his years at AMI and, according to The hollywood reporterHe referred to himself in the office by the nickname “dildo”.
Here’s the full seven-point extortion attempt by Jon Fine, AMI’s current deputy legal counsel and, coincidentally, a former Amazon attorney who worked at the company for 9 years:
Here are our proposed terms:
1. A complete 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 acknowledgment, mutually agreed upon by the Bezos Parties, published through a mutually agreeable news outlet, stating that they have no knowledge or basis to suggest that AM’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces, and an agreement that will stop referring to such a possibility.
3. AM agrees not to publish, distribute, share or describe unpublished texts and photos (the “Unpublished Materials”).
4. AM states that it did not conduct any electronic wiretapping in relation to its reports and is not aware of such conduct.
5. The agreement is completely confidential.
6. In the event 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 dispute arising out of this agreement will first be forwarded to JAMS mediation in California.
“Good that [the email] It caught my eye.But not in the way they expected. Any personal embarrassment from AMI could cause me to take a back seat because there is a much more important issue here. If in my position I cannot bear this kind of extortion, how many people can? “Bezos writes.
“In the letters from AMI that I am making public, you will see the precise details of their exorbitant proposal: they will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press,” he continues. “Rest assured that no true journalist proposes anything like what is happening here … Nothing you could write here could tell the National researcher story as eloquently as his own words below. “
“These communications cement AMI’s long-earned reputation for assembling journalistic privileges, hiding behind important protections, and ignoring the principles and purpose of true journalism,” he adds. “Of course, I do not want personal photos to be published, but I will not participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks and corruption. I prefer to stand up, turn this record and see what creeps out.”
Amazon and AMI representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.