“One thing uncommon occurred to me yesterday. Truly, for me it wasn’t simply uncommon — it was a primary. I used to be made a proposal I could not refuse. Or at the least that is what the highest individuals on the Nationwide Enquirer thought. I am glad they thought that, as a result of it emboldened them to place all of it in writing,” Bezos wrote. “Moderately than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve determined to publish precisely what they despatched me, regardless of the non-public value and embarrassment they threaten.”
Bezos, who titled his put up “No thanks, Mr. Pecker,” shared what he mentioned was an electronic mail from AMI’s chief content material officer Dylan Howard, wherein Howard threatened to launch intimate and private pictures and textual content messages of Bezos and a lady the Nationwide Enquirer mentioned he was having an affair with.
Howard and AMI deputy common counsel Jon Fantastic didn’t instantly reply to CNN Enterprise’ requests for remark. Neither did a spokesperson for the Washington Put up. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to remark aside from to verify that Bezos wrote the put up.
Gavin de Becker, whom the Washington Put up described as “Bezos’ longtime non-public safety guide,” has been conducting an investigation to find out the supply of the leaks to the Enquirer.
In his weblog put up, Bezos mentioned “an AMI chief” Howard advised him that Pecker was “apoplectic” about de Becker’s investigation.
AMI threatens Bezos
Bezos included an electronic mail from Howard to de Becker’s lawyer. Within the electronic mail, Howard wrote that he had proof of 10 pictures of Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, together with nude selfies. In his introduction to his descriptions of the pictures, Howard appeared to make reference to an upcoming Put up article that quoted de Becker.
“(W)ith The Washington Put up poised to publish unsubstantiated rumors of The Nationwide Enquirer’s preliminary report, I wished to explain to you the pictures obtained throughout our newsgathering.”
Then, in an electronic mail to de Becker’s legal professional, AMI Deputy Common Counsel Jon Fantastic referenced Bezos’ investigation and the Put up’s reporting.
“It’s our understanding that your consumer’s representatives, together with the Washington Put up, proceed to pursue and to disseminate these false and spurious allegations in a way that’s injurious to American Media and its executives,” Fantastic mentioned within the electronic mail. “Accordingly, we hereby demand that you simply stop and desist such defamatory conduct instantly. Any additional dissemination of those false, vicious, speculative and unsubstantiated statements is completed at your consumer’s peril.”
Bezos known as the exchanges an “extortionate proposal.”
Cohen admitted that he made funds to AMI, which in flip paid ladies who declare that they had affairs with Trump. AMI bought the rights to the ladies’s tales however by no means revealed them — a way often known as “catch and kill.”
— CNN Enterprise’ Heather Kelly and Oliver Darcy contributed to this report.