The National Enquirer’s parent company said on Friday that it “acted lawfully” in its coverage of Jeff Bezos — but said it would “thoroughly investigate” the Amazon CEO’s claims that the tabloid’s boss, David Pecker, tried to blackmail him with nude pictures.
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“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos,” the company said in a statement according to the New York Post.
“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,” the statement continued.
“Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take whatever appropriate action is necessary.”
On Thursday, Mr Bezos dropped bombshell allegations against the National Enquirer — accusing it of trying to blackmail him with nude selfies.
The billionaire alleged in a “Medium” post that the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc., threatened to publish a nude photo of him and other lewd images they’d obtained if he did not stop investigating the tabloid’s recent exposure of his affair and publicly declare that its reporting on it had not been “politically motivated.”
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Bezos on Thursday accused AMI of trying to blackmail him with the threat of publishing “intimate photos” he allegedly sent to his girlfriend unless he said in public that the supermarket tabloid’s reporting on him was not politically motivated.
Federal prosecutors are currently probing whether or not the National Enquirer’s handling of the Bezos story violated the co-operation deal and its “catch-and-kill” editorial policy qualifies as extortion.
— With the New York Post