WEB DESK: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has publicly blamed the National Enquirer of a blackmail and extortion plot involving compromising photographs.
In a controversial post, alleged that AMI threatened to release compromising photos of him and published what he said were emails from AMI detailing what he described as “extortion and blackmail.”
It is noteworthy to mention that in the month of January, Jeff and his wife, MacKenzie Bezos, announced that they were divorcing after 25 years of marriage.
In a statement released on Twitter, they said the decision comes “after a long period of loving exploration and a trial separation.”
Pertaining to this affair, the National Enquirer later broke a story that alleged Bezos was having an affair with some other women which led to the divorce of the couple.
Bezos questioned whether the report was politically motivated and launched an investigation into the matter.
In a post titled “No thank you, Mr Pecker” addressing chairman and CEO of American Media Inc. David Pecker, Jeff Bezos asserted that he was approached with an offer from AMI, saying that “they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn’t stop our investigation.”
In the Medium posting, he said that the Enquirer offered not to publish the photos in exchange for a public statement from Bezos that the Enquirer’s reporting was not politically motivated.
“Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favours, political attacks, and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out,” said the Amazon CEO in his post.