AceShowbiz - Jeff Bezos has broken his silence over the ongoing rumors of his affair with Lauren Sanchez. The richest man in the world has released an open letter claiming that National Enquirer, which previously shared details of their relationship, attempted to extort and blackmail him.
For those who need a refresher, the publication leaked a series of dirty messages that the two had sent to one another. The leak of the texts prompted Bezos to have Gavin de Becker from his security team to investigate how the National Enquirer got its hands on the message. In response to this, folks at the publication were said to be telling the CEO they would release his private and intimate photos if his team didn't stop their investigation.
"They said they had more of my text messages and photos that they would publish if we didn't stop our investigation," Bezos said in his blog post on Medium. "My lawyers argues that AMI (the parent company of The National Enquirer) has no right to publish photos since any person holds the copyright to their own photos, and since the photos in themselves don't add anything newsworthy."
He continued, "AMI's claim of newsworthiness is that the photos are necessary to show Amazon shareholders that my business judgment is terrible."
The images included a variety of private pictures of both Bezos and Sanchez, including a "below the belt selfie" and a picture of the former news anchor "smoking cigar in what appears to be a simulated oral sex scene."
Bezos additionally attached an email sent by Jon Fine, an attorney for AMI, on his blog post. Fine claimed that the company would also not publish unreleased emails and texts if Bezos released a statement "affirming that they have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AM's coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces." Fine also demanded that Bezos' statement would be made through a "mutually-agreeable news outlet."
In his post, the Amazon CEO explained why he decided to speak out against the National Enquirer and its parent company. "Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there's a much more important matter involved here. If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?" he said.
The National Enquirer has yet to respond to the open letter.