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Jeff Bezos accuses tabloid blackmail

Amazon-Chef Jeff Bezos has accused the U.S. tabloid "National Enquirer" of extortion with the most evil methods. In a letter dated Thursday evening (local time), said the entrepreneur, the sheet had threatened with the publication of intimate private photos of him.

This should not happen, if he stop he initiated the investigation against the magazine. He accused the chief of "the Enquirer"-publisher American Media Inc., David Pecker, to be behind the extortion attempt. Pecker is a good friend of US President Donald Trump - and hold it "incorrectly for its enemy," wrote the owner of the "Washington Post" in his open letter.

Background Bezos' separation from his wife, MacKenzie, and his relationship with another woman. The couple had announced last month that it wants to divorce. A little later the "National Enquirer" made the affair of the Amazon leaders with Lauren Sanchez publicly and spread, among other things, text messages and photos of him.

publicized the threats

Bezos make allowed to investigate according to its own information, such as the sheet reaches this Material. He said that means men of Pecker would have asked him then, do not do this. You told him, if he does not do this, would make the publisher raunchy photos of him and his Lover in public. to bend

Instead of blackmail, he decided to make the threats public, wrote Bezos in the on the Portal, "Medium" published a letter. "You said you had news, more text and photos that you would publish, if we would not set our investigation," wrote the entrepreneur. To do this, he E-Mails, according to his account, from the home of American Media, Inc. come.

The 54-year-old Bezos is the founder and CEO of the U.S. Internet giant Amazon and, according to "Forbes" currently the richest person in the world. The US magazine has estimated his personal assets last to around $ 137 billion.

Questionable methods

David Pecker and the "National Enquirer" for headlines - especially in connection with Donald Trump. The Trump published sympathetic scandal sheet during the presidential election campaign, among other things, the photo of a supposedly from death, drawn to Hillary Clinton. The title: "Hillary: to live another six months."

in Addition, Pecker and be a publishing played a role in the hush money scandal Trump. American Media, Inc. (AMI) paid to the former Playmate Karen McDougal, who claims to have an affair with Trump had 150 000 US dollars for the rights to their story. The "National Enquirer" published but never. The sheet should have the rights secured, to the alleged affair. The method is in the United States as a "catch and kill" known (to begin: "and destroy"). AMI admitted in December to have the money paid - but denied the alleged purpose behind it.

The working methods of the publishing Empire of Pecker Bezos has announced the fight. "If I can't raise my Position against this extortion, how many people it can be then?" he asks in his open letter. "Of course I don't want to see personal photos posted, but I'm not going to participate in your well-known extortion methods, in their political favors, political attacks and corruption." He chose, instead, the tables turn and see", what comes to the fore". (scl/sda)

Created: 08.02.2019, 03:28 PM

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