WASHINGTON (Reuters) – American Media Inc, the proprietor of the Nationwide Enquirer tabloid newspaper, mentioned on Friday it acted lawfully in its reporting on Jeff Bezos, chief govt of Amazon.com Inc, and that it will completely examine his claims of blackmail and take no matter motion was mandatory.
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Bezos on Thursday accused AMI of making an attempt to blackmail him with the specter of publishing “intimate photographs” he allegedly despatched to his girlfriend except he mentioned in public that the grocery store tabloid’s reporting on him was not politically motivated.
“American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully within the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos,” the corporate mentioned in an announcement.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, and his spouse introduced final month that they have been divorcing after 25 years of marriage. That very same day, the Nationwide Enquirer touted it was publishing alleged intimate textual content messages between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, a former tv anchor whom he was mentioned to be relationship.
Bezos opened an investigation into the leak, led by longtime safety guide Gavin de Becker. De Becker informed media that the leak was politically motivated.
In a blogpost on Thursday, Bezos cited an electronic mail from AMI deputy basic counsel, Jon Tremendous, to a lawyer representing de Becker. In it, AMI proposed a public acknowledgment from Bezos and de Becker that “they haven’t any data or foundation for suggesting that (AMI’s) protection was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”
In return for such an acknowledgment, in accordance with the e-mail, AMI provided “to not publish, distribute, share, or describe unpublished texts and photographs,” Bezos mentioned.
Bezos mentioned the assertion AMI was proposing was false and described the supply as an “extortionate proposal.”
On Friday, AMI mentioned that on the time of Bezos’ allegations it was “in good religion negotiations to resolve all issues with him.”
“In mild of the character of the allegations revealed by Mr. Bezos, the Board has convened and decided that it ought to promptly and completely examine the claims. Upon completion of that investigation, the Board will take no matter applicable motion is critical,” it added.
Bezos, Amazon.com and the newspaper he owns privately, the Washington Submit, have all been targets of assaults on Twitter by U.S. President Donald Trump.
Reporting by Chris Sanders; Writing by Mohammad Zargham and Nick Zieminski; Enhancing by Tim Ahmann and Susan Thomas