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The National Enquirer is threatening to publish nudes of Jeff Bezos

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Jeff Bezos (Image credit: Steve Jurvetson on Flickr)

Yep, you read the headline right. Per a personal blog post that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos plublished on Medium, the head of the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media, is threatening to publish nude photos of him.

As interesting as that is on its own, the background behind it is even more revealing.

On January 21, 2019, the National Enquirer shared text messages between Bezos and reporter Lauren Sanchez that revealed the affair Bezos had before ultimately separating with his wife. Following these texts being shared, Bezos says:

I engaged investigators to learn how those texts were obtained, and to determine the motives for the many unusual actions taken by the Enquierer. As it turns out, there are now several independent investigations looking into this matter.

In addition to the damaging texts, Bezos also chose to begin the investigation to learn more about America Media's involvement with "catch and kill" tactics. This is essentially the practice of finding incriminating texts/photos and then purposefully stopping them from making a public news story. Most notably, it was discovered AMI paid $150,000 to kill a story during Donald Trump's presidential campaign about an affair Trump previously had.

AMI head, David Pecker, apparently wasn't too keen about Bezos digging into the company. As such, Pecker blackmailed Bezos with the threat to release nude photos of him. In one email sent to Bezos' legal team.

If your client agrees to cease and desist such defamatory behavior, we are willing to engage in constructive conversations regarding the texts and photos which we have in our possession.

What does American Media want in return? Per the email that American Media sent to Bezos:

A public, mutually-agreed upon acknowledgment from the Bezos Parties, released through a mutually-agreeable news outlet, affirming that they have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AM's coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces, and an agreement that they will cease referring to such a possibility.

That political tie-in is in connection with American Media's involvement with Donald Trump. Pecker thinks Bezos is getting too curious about things, and seeing as how Bezos owns The Washington Post, doesn't want a story to come out there highlighting American Media's practices.

Bezos's blog post continues:

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. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.

This is a pretty loaded story, and at the time of publication, neither Amazon or American Media have issued official responses.

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  • "Enquirer" Lookup and Replace throughout the article when you see this guys, my eyes are burning!
  • Bezos' official response should be to release the photos himself.
  • He pretty much did with the description. A great come at me bro by him. Exposing the terrible business of exposing and destroying people's lives.
  • Sia? I barely know 'er! Although I actually looked at the photo of her arse, I think I'll avoid Jeff's lol.
  • Why is this article published on android central? Come on. This is absolute trash and even worse on an android site.
  • No one put a gun to your head and forced you to read it.
  • If you think Bezos had nothing to do with Android, you haven't been paying attention.
  • Just... Be quiet and buy an instant pot, ok? You can use it to make yourself some chili while you play on your PlayStation 4.
  • I know this was sarcasm, but thank you. Terrific idea. My kids are at a sleepover tonight and you just solved the "ugh wtf are we going to eat for dinner" problem.
  • I would assume picking a fight with the richest man in the world is a bad idea
  • He should buy the tag and fire em all!
  • Soon to be 5th richest...
  • Team Bezos: 1 Team Fake News: -1
  • The Washington Post has published 10x more Fake News stories than the National Enquirer, good try though.
  • 🙄.... Riiiight.. I bet you believe that too.
  • Oh look. A trump supporter
  • Why is this a front page article on AC? Yahoo 2.0.....
  • Sounds more like they are threatening the general public. Nobody wants to have that kind of retinal damage.
  • Gee, I wonder why this would be on Android Central? I think we all know, Lmao. 😂
  • Seems a bit Per petty... And probably illegal. I I'm guessing the national enquirer is the kind of two-bit rag that isn't worthy of lining a rodent cage. Like the Daily Mail.
  • I don't know Daily Mail, but the National Enquirer is mostly just negative news and rumors about famous people. They just love a scandal. That's all they do. No news. No Sports. No weather. No feel good stories...just bashing the rich and famous.
  • It's about two notches below the "Sun". HTH.
  • WHO CARES!!! Has anyone actually been out there searching for nudes of Jeff Bezos?
  • AMI head David Pecker? LOL
  • Hahahaha he said pecker. Couldn't hold in the school boy giggle even at my age😊
  • Lol what in the holee f*ck is crazy ****
  • Bezos' own national newspaper is nothing but a dying broadsheet tabloid pretending to be legit news. (Sorry to burst the bubble of the gullible, but most "MSM" is just yellow journalism catering to one side or the other, usually with half truths and lies while real issues go unreported.) Bezos has used it to print lies and half truths about his business and political rivals. I don't have a lot of sympathy for him here. If you send naked pics, someone has access to them and will use them. Pull your pants up and act like adults.
  • Or pull them down and do whatever the f#ck you want.