The head of the Amazon and the richest man in the world Jeff Bezos reported the attempted blackmail on the part of the publishers of the tabloid National Enquirer threatened to publish explicit photos.
In early January it became known about divorce of Bezos and his wife Mackenzie after 25 years of marriage. Media reported that Bezos became aware of a journalistic “investigation” of the tabloid National Enquirer, which caught the owner of the Amazon in a romantic relationship with former TV presenter 49-year-old Lauren Sanchez. According to the tabloid, his representatives contacted Betcom and reported assembled a dossier on him just 48 hours before the public announcement of the divorce.
After the scandal Bezos hired private detectives to investigate a leak of information about his personal life. On Thursday, he said the publisher of the tabloid company American Media Inc (AMI), led by David Pecker is threatening to publish the photos, which the Bezos sent Sanchez. In exchange for the refusal to publish the representatives of AMI require public statements about the absence of a political motive in the incident file.
Earlier, the media pointed out that Bezos was a constant target for criticism by U.S. President Donald trump, not least because he owned the Washington Post newspaper — the mouthpiece of the constant criticism of the President. At the same time publisher of the National Enquirer, David pecker is one of the key allies of the trump in the world of media.
“Instead of surrendering to extortion and blackmail, I decided to publish what they sent me, despite the personal harm that they threaten,” wrote Bezos in his blog on Medium platform.
Billionaire posted the correspondence, which, in his opinion, confirms the attempt of blackmail by AMI and its head David Pecker.
In March 2018 Bezos has been at the top of the annual ranking of the richest people in the world by Forbes magazine. He overtook the earlier leader in the list of the founder of company Microsoft bill gates.
In September, the company Bezos, Amazon became the second after the Apple company, whose market capitalization exceeded $ 1 trillion.
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