Amazon founder alleging blackmail and extortion by National Enquirer parent company

According to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, American Media Inc. officials threatened to post compromising photos of him if he did not drop investigations against them.
1:50 | 02/08/19

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It has the elements of a movie that might come out of Amazon studios Jeff Bezos Amazon's founder and the richest man in the world alleging blackmail and extortion by the parent company of The National Enquirer. Does what he described meet the legal definition of extortion blackmail and may be. There's a question as to whether this was an overt specific threat or just a suggestion to also question about whether was something about you. And also American media's defense here would be it was a dispute. In a blog post pesos wrote that AMR I he inquires parent company threatened to post compromising personal photos of him. If he didn't stop investigating. How the tabloid got a hold of text messages between the mogul and his reported girlfriend Lauren Sanchez. The National Enquirer published text between -- dose and Sanchez shortly after bays as and his wife announced they were divorcing buries us reportedly instructed investigators to determine whether the tabloids actions were politically motivated also the owner of the Washington Post. Baze o.s has been a frequent target of the president. Who was mocked days' notice as Jeff Bozo on Twitter baze coast went public with emails from AMI executives and attorneys writing in part. If in my position I can't stand up to this kind of extortion. How many people can. AMI's chief David Pecker is a longtime friend of president trump. His company today releasing a statement saying it believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of mr. baze us. But that it would investigate Bay's owes his claims. A source with knowledge of the situation tells ABC news that federal prosecutors in Manhattan. All are looking in today's those allegations. They want to know if I am I violated an agreement it made with prosecutors in New York in relation to the Michael Cullen case. Will read ABC news New York.

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