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REMARKS: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of 'blackmail'

emoji-ts Updated 11 days ago, Tue Feb 12, 2019
Attorney claims National Enquirer threat to publish Bezos photos was 'journalism,' not blackmail
Jeff Bezos

“These communications cement AMI’s long-earned reputation for weaponizing journalistic privileges, hiding behind important protections, and ignoring the tenets and purpose of true journalism, 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. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.”

Jeff Bezos: National Enquirer leader blackmailing me over nude photos
Jeff Bezos

“In the AMI letters I’m making public, you will see the precise details of their extortionate proposal: They will publish the personal photos unless Gavin de Becker and I make the specific false public statement to the press that we ‘have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.’ ”

Jeff Bezos Becomes Twitter Hero After Accusing ‘National Enquirer’ Publisher Of Nude Picture ‘Blackmail’
Jeff Bezos

“Something unusual happened to me yesterday, Actually, for me it wasn’t just unusual — it was a first. I was made an offer I couldn’t refuse. Or at least that’s what the top people at the National Enquirer thought. I’m glad they thought that, because it emboldened them to put it all in writing. Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten.”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says Enquirer threatened to publish revealing pics
Jeff Bezos

“Rather than capitulate to extortion and blackmail, I’ve decided to publish exactly what they sent me, despite the personal cost and embarrassment they threaten, 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?”

Prosecutors reviewing National Enquirer pursuit of Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos

“And there’s an associated threat: They’ll keep the photos on hand and publish them in the future if we ever deviate from that lie. Be assured, no real journalists ever propose anything like what is happening here”

Is this man the National Enquirer’s source? Five things to know about Michael Sanchez
Jeff Bezos

“I LOVE YOU More than you could ever know and more than I could ever express, But maybe I think you do know. Because you can see it when I touch you. And when I look into you. And when I linger on your lips.”

Attorney claims National Enquirer threat to publish Bezos photos was 'journalism,' not blackmail
Dan Abrams

“The story was already out there. That’s not the question, The pictures weren’t out there. The question is: Was this a clear threat to say, ‘Unless you say what we want you to say, we’re going to publish these photos that you don’t want out there?’ ”

Jeff Bezos Blames Trump for National Enquirer Allegedly Threatening to Publish 'Intimate Photos'
Amazon

“I didn’t know much about most of that a few weeks ago when intimate texts messages from me were published in the National Enquirer. I engaged investigators to learn how those texts were obtained, and to determine the motives for the many unusual actions taken by the Enquirer. As it turns out, there are now several independent investigations looking into this matter, Here’s a piece of context: My ownership of the Washington Post is a complexifier for me. It’s unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy. President Trump is one of those people, obvious by his many tweets.”

National Enquirer is threatening to publish nude photos
Dylan Howard

“In the interests of expediating this situation, and with The Washington Post poised to publish unsubstantiated rumors of The National Enquirer's initial report, I wanted to describe to you the photos obtained during our newsgathering. It would give no editor pleasure to send this email. I hope common sense can prevail — and quickly.”

Jeff Bezos accuses Trump ally over threat to publish 'intimate' pictures
Dylan Howard

“In addition to the ‘below the belt selfie — otherwise colloquially known as a ‘d*ck pick’’ — The Enquirer obtained a further nine images. It would give no editor pleasure to send this email. I hope common sense can prevail — and quickly.”

Lawyer denies tabloid blackmailed Amazon boss Bezos
Elkan Abramowitz

“It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail, This Week. What happened was the story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had been given information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to the story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr Bezos and Miss (Lauren) Sanchez.”

Tabloid CEO’s lawyer denies Enquirer tried to extort Bezos
Elkan Abramowitz

“I think both Bezos and AMI had interests in resolving their interests, It’s absolutely not a crime to ask somebody to simply tell the truth. Tell the truth that this was not politically motivated, and we will print no more stories.”

Jeff Bezos’ Damning Medium Post Pulls Back the Curtain on Something Much Larger
AMI

“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos, Further, at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos, it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. Nonetheless, in light of the nature of the allegations published by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and determined that it should promptly and thoroughly investigate the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.”

Federal prosecutors reviewing extortion claim against Enquirer
Patrick Cotter

“You can’t use extortion to get anything of value from someone else, even if you feel that the thing you are getting is something to which you are legally entitled”

Jeff Bezos speaks up: Extortion and embarrassing pics won’t distract me
Davia Temin

“Bezos is that extraordinary, and Amazon is that extraordinary, that he can bring down a bully, He’s got the courage, and the position as the richest man in the United States, and I think his courage in standing up to the extortion is going to outweigh the details behind the extortion.”

Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of blackmail, publishes apparent emails as evidence
Jon Fine

“Absent the immediate cessation of the defamatory conduct, we will have no choice but to pursue all remedies available under applicable law, That said, if your client agrees to cease and desist such defamatory behavior, we are willing to engage in constructive conversations regarding the texts and photos which we have in our possession.”

Jeff Bezos vs. The National Enquirer: How a Tabloid Tale Escalated, and Exploded
Post

“Was tabloid exposé of Bezos affair just juicy gossip or a political hit job? Depending on whom you believe, The Enquirer’s exposé on Bezos’s affair was a political hit inspired by President Trump’s allies, an inside job by people seeking to protect Bezos’s marriage, or no conspiracy at all, simply a juicy gossip story. pro-Trump Hollywood talent manager”

National Enquirer says it will “thoroughly investigate” extortion allegations made by Jeff Bezos
Robert Mintz

“This could constitute criminal conduct in the eyes of a prosecutor, if these allegations are true, For prosecutors, your worst nightmare is watching a cooperation deal unravel. Alleged conduct like this puts them in the position to rethink that deal and potentially turn around and have to prosecute AMI, and that undermines their ability to continue to use them to assist other ongoing investigations.”

Ronan Farrow: Jeff Bezos Not The Only One Enquirer Tried To Blackmail
Ronan Farrow

“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, (I did not engage as I don’t cut deals with subjects of ongoing reporting.)”

Prosecutors probing Enquirer after Bezos report: sources
Laurie Levenson

“It shows how complicated and dangerous it is to make an agreement with National Enquirer, They may have to co-operate, but they're continuing in their ongoing battle with Bezos and others.”

Trump, 'blackmail' and a Pecker: Bezos delivers scandal with something for everyone
Donald Trump

“So sorry to hear the news about Jeff Bozo being taken down by a competitor whose reporting, I understand, is far more accurate than the reporting in his lobbyist newspaper, the Amazon Washington Post, Hopefully the paper will soon be placed in better & more responsible hands!”

Amazon's Jeff Bezos claims he is being blackmailed by Trump pal Pecker
Donald Trump

“I wish him luck. It’s going to be a beauty.”

Jeff Bezos’ investigator believes text messages were obtained by ‘government entity’
Manuel Roig Franzia

“He’s provided us with some very interesting insights into the back stages of this whole drama, including the investigation that has taken place in which they have begun to believe – the Bezos camp – that this publication by the National Enquirer may have been politically motivated”

National Enquirer publisher responds to Jeff Bezos' blistering blog post that accused the tabloid of extortion
Manuel Roig Franzia

“[Gavin de Becker] has provided us with some very interesting insights into the backstages of this whole drama, including the investigation that has taken place, He does not believe that Jeff Bezos' phone was hacked. He thinks it's possible that a government entity might have gotten hold of his text messages.”

‘Saturday Night Live’ takes on the state of journalism, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos selfie scandal (Watch)
Leslie Jones

“When I hear ‘billionaire’s penis,’ I immediately think ‘small potatoes,’ you know? Like they say, if it’s small and looks funny, you better have the money, honey.”

Terry Crews claims National Enquirer owner tried to ‘silence’ him with false prostitutes stories
New York Post

“This same company, AMI, tried to silence me in my lawsuit against @wme and Adam Venit by fabricating stories of me with prostitutes — and even went so far as creating fake receipts”

Jeff Bezos speaks up: Extortion and embarrassing pics won’t distract me
David Larcker

“What you don’t want to have happen is all of this lingering stuff that bleeds itself out and it just takes on a life of its own, Where you worry about it is what’s happening in the executive suite. What time is it taking? Is it adding stress?”

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer owner of blackmail and extortion- Technology News, Firstpost
David Berger

“Clearly Bezos will have a civil claim against AMI if they chose to bring it, but the question is whether it is criminal”

Brother of Jeff Bezos’ Girlfriend Reportedly Leaked Sexts to National Enquirer
John Fine

“American Media emphatically rejects any assertion that its reporting was instigated, dictated or influenced in any manner by external forces, political or otherwise, Any further dissemination of these false, vicious, speculative and unsubstantiated statements is done at your client’s peril.”

Former National Enquirer editor: David Pecker 'may end up doing time'
Jerry George

“I think there’s a very strong chance that David Pecker may end up doing time, Erin Burnett OutFront.”

Saudi Arabia denies role in Jeff Bezos affair, as the National Enquirer's attorney let slip details about its source
Adel Al Jubeir

“This sounds to me like a soap opera. I've been watching it on television and reading about it in the paper. This is something between the two parties. We have nothing to do with it”

Saudi Arabia denies involvement in leak of Jeff Bezos' messages to the National Enquirer
Adel al Jubeir

“Maybe some of our citizens read the National Enquirer when they're in the United States, Other citizens watch the soap opera unfold on television, but that's it.”

‘S.N.L.’ Features Halsey in Dual Role and Dips Into Bezos Photos
Kenan Thompson

“It’s disgraceful, Chuck. It’s awful. I mean, this is a clear violation of someone’s privacy.”

'Saturday Night Live' Pokes Fun at the Jeff Bezos Selfie Scandal
Kyle Mooney

“I know normally high-minded journalists wouldn’t talk about something like this, but it does involve the richest man in America and the president of the United States”

Does Jeff Bezos’s behavior put Amazon at risk?
Ted Maidenberg

“I think Jeff made the point best in the letter: He’ll let Amazon’s results speak for themselves, It has zero impact [on the business].”

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