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Following news of the Amazon CEO's relationship with Lauren Sanchez, and rumors of infidelity, Bezos is speaking out about allegedly being extorted and blackmailed by the National Enquirer and its owner American Media Inc.

It comes after the tabloid last month reported Bezos was in a relationship with former news anchor and entertainment reporter Lauren Sanchez - having accessed private text messages.

Soon after, Bezos initiated an investigation "to learn how those texts were obtained, and to determine the motives for the many unusual actions taken by the Enquirer", he wrote in the Medium post. An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment other than to confirm that Bezos wrote the post.

AMI's lawyers want Bezos to say publicly that the Enquirer and its parent were not politically motivated when pursuing the story of Bezos's affair.

Jeff Bezos, a man previously known more for big balls than for BDE, published a rather incredible post today at Medium dot com. "I hope common sense can prevail - and quickly".

With the blog, Bezos says he's getting ahead of the story and exposing the "extortionate proposal" of AMI and its chief, the appropriately named Gavin Pecker. "If in my position I cannot stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?"

A recent Daily Beast report on the investigation Bezos launched said they considered the leak of the original sexts was "politically motivated".

His personal investigators, led by his longtime security consultant, Gavin de Becker, concluded that Bezos' phone wasn't hacked.

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"I and at least one other prominent journalist involved in breaking stories about the National Enquirer's arrangement with Trump fielded similar "stop digging or we'll ruin you" blackmail efforts from AMI", Farrow tweeted Thursday evening.

In an email dated February 5, 2019, Jon Fine, the deputy general counsel of AMI, defends the Enquirer's reporting on Bezos' impending divorce, including the publication of "private photographs", and criticizes "continuing defamatory activities" by Bezos.

Those who support the president may have been motivated to move against Mr Bezos since Mr Trump has long criticised the billionaire.

Read Jeff Bezos' full Medium post here.

AMI did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The deal not to prosecute was conditional on AMI not committing another crime, the office said.

A lot of them are pretty standard sexting gear, and I pass no judgement on Bezos or his alleged mistress for the majority of the contents revealed. He also pointed to owning The Post and their coverage of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as potential reasons people could be targeting him.

Bezos said he was at first verbally approached by AMI representatives threatening to release further photos and text messages unless he would drop his investigation. And of course it's possible that the Enquirer might have sought to destroy Bezos believing that it'd please Trump but without ever being asked to do anything by the president. The company "emphatically rejects any assertion that its reporting was instigated, dictated or influenced in any manner by external forces, political or otherwise", Fine wrote in an email to de Becker's lawyer, Martin Singer, which Bezos shared. "It's ripped right out of the law books". That's one of the dangers to democracy of what they were engaged in when they were catching and killing information they could have used against Candidate Trump and now President Trump.

Bezos usually stays out of the public eye, frequently delegating announcements and public Amazon business updates to his executives.


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