AMI Promises to ‘Promptly and Thoroughly Investigate’ Jeff Bezos Accusations

AMI Promises to ‘Promptly and Thoroughly Investigate’ Jeff Bezos Accusations

Bezos, Amazon's single largest shareholder, stunned the industry Thursday night when he accused the Enquirer of trying to blackmail him, publishing tense exchanges with the magazine that included prurient details of his relationship with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez.

Bezos opened an investigation into how the messages could have ended up in the hands of the tabloid, led by longtime security consultant Gavin de Becker.

"American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos".

Mr Bezos said his ownership of the Washington Post was a "complexifier" for him because he had made enemies of "certain powerful people", including President Donald Trump, who is a friend of AMI's boss David Pecker.

In his blog post on Thursday, Mr Bezos said he made a decision to publish the emails sent to his team "rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail", despite the "personal cost and embarrassment they threaten".

Trump has often railed against Bezos, the owner of the Washington Post, on Twitter.

AMI responded that it was allowed to publish the photos out of a public interest, since "millions of Americans have a vested interest in the success of Amazon".

Jeff Bezos Prefers to "stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out".

The deal not to prosecute was conditional on AMI not committing any crime, according to the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of NY.

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"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", Bezos said. Pecker has numerous ties to Donald Trump, even paying off one of the president's mistresses in the final weeks of the 2016 campaign.

Bezos wrote that "numerous people" have contacted his investigative team about "similar experiences" with the National Enquirer and its parent company, American Media Inc.

Jeff Bezos's private investigator's suggestion that a "government entity" could have acquired racy pictures of him, coupled with the Amazon CEO's mentions of Saudi Arabia in his blog post targeting the National Enquirer, has fueled speculation about whether the Middle Eastern kingdom is involved in the scandal. The Enquirer says a lawyer for Bezos told the publication that it was "widely known" that Bezos and his wife had been "long separated".

AMI's financial backer, hedge fund manager Anthony Melchiorre, also has rubbed shoulders with the president, including a White House dinner in July 2017.

'As a part of the agreement, AMI admitted that it made the $150,000 payment in concert with a candidate's presidential campaign, and in order to ensure that the woman did not publicize damaging allegations about the candidate before the 2016 presidential election, ' NY officials said previous year.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin and CEO of Amazon, speaks about the future plans of Blue Origin during an address to attendees at Access Intelligence's SATELLITE 2017 conference in Washington, U.S., March 7, 2017.

· Mr. Bezos face selfie at what appears to be a business meeting.

Farrow also tweeted a reference to a New Yorker story he worked on about how the same editor Bezos was dealing with ― AMI chief content officer Dylan Howard ― was sharing reporters' information with disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein to help him combat sexual misconduct accusations.

The case highlights a politically-tinged feud between the Post owner and the supermarket tabloid, with Bezos asserting that he would not be intimidated.

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