MOSCOW, 19 Mar — RIA Novosti. The tabloid National Enquirer paid the brother of the alleged mistress of the head of the Amazon and the richest man in the world Jeff Bezos Lauren Sanchez 200 thousand dollars for the Frank conversation of the billionaire, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing informed sources.

It is reported that the deal with Michael Sanchez has caused a split in the tabloid publisher American Media Inc. (AMI), and its CEO David Pecker allegedly had “doubts” regarding the publication of this story. According to the newspaper, the packer was concerned that Bezos will sue if the Enquirer will publish his message. It is noted that the adviser Packer informed him that the publication of this material might look as an action in favor of the President of the United States Donald trump, one of the famous critics of Bezos.

Despite doubts pecker approved the deal, but soon learned that Sanchez will need to pay in advance, in addition, the possible brother of the mistress will be able to sell the correspondence to other media, if the Enquirer did not publish its “about a month”. Thus, according to sources, pecker felt “compelled to publish this stuff.”

The representative of Bezos declined to comment on the situation.

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. He later stated that 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.

Bezos had previously said publicly that he had many enemies. In particular, he said, “in some circles” was dissatisfied with how Bezos-owned Washington Post newspaper covered the murder of journalist Jamal Casucci in which blame Saudi Arabia. Furthermore, it is known that the President is Donald trump, who personally repeatedly lambasted Bezos, is friends with the publisher of the tabloid. The trump said that he knew nothing about the investigation of the tabloid to Bezos.

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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