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Jeff Bezos says the National Enquirer is blackmailing him over nude photos

By midian182 · 8 replies
Feb 8, 2019
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  1. In a lengthy Medium post titled “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” Bezos points the finger at Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. (AMI) and its chief David Pecker. The billionaire presented emails from AMI executives that threaten to publish Bezos’ intimate text messages and photos, which include so-called d*ck pics. To avoid this embarrassment, he’s asked to publicly state that the Enquirer’s decision to print a story about his affair with Lauren Sanchez wasn’t “politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”

    Bezos announced that he and his wife MacKenzie were divorcing last month. Soon after, the Enquirer published text messages revealing his relationship with former Fox News anchor Lauren Sanchez. This prompted Bezos to hire private security consultant Gavin de Becker “to determine the motives for the many unusual actions taken by the Enquirer.”

    “My lawyers argued that AMI has no right to publish photos since any person holds the copyright to their own photos, and since the photos in themselves don’t add anything newsworthy,” Bezos wrote.

    Pecker was apparently “apoplectic” about Bezos’ investigation into the source of the Enquirer’s article and AMI’s use of “catch and kill” tactics, which involves buying the exclusive rights to a story and making sure it never becomes news, usually as a favor to someone.

    Bezos notes that AMI recently entered into an immunity deal with the DoJ for using the method to kill a story about Donald Trump’s alleged affair with model Karen McDougal before his Presidential campaign by paying $150,000 for exclusivity.

    “Be assured, no real journalists ever propose anything like what is happening here: I will not report embarrassing information about you if you do X for me. And if you don’t do X quickly, I will report the embarrassing information,” wrote Bezos.

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  2. Cycloid Torus

    Cycloid Torus Stone age computing - click on the rock below.. Posts: 3,847   +1,117

    Thank you, Jeff! Excoriate the buggers.
     
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  3. iamcts

    iamcts TS Addict Posts: 216   +148

    It's one thing to go after the rich and extort them for money... but THE richest man on the planet who truly has near unlimited funds for lawyers?

    AMI just pulled a Gawker.
     
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  4. JB3543

    JB3543 TS Member Posts: 25   +32

    Honesty, pics of Bezos d**k? Does this American "culture" have anything better to concern itself with?
     
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  5. mbrowne5061

    mbrowne5061 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,141   +609

    Probably not. The alternative is an egg on instagram.
     
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  6. Nobina

    Nobina TS Evangelist Posts: 1,811   +1,327

    That's all they ever give a **** about.
     
  7. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 212   +55

    "“My lawyers argued that AMI has no right to publish photos since any person holds the copyright to their own photos, and since the photos in themselves don’t add anything newsworthy,” Bezos wrote."

    AMI has no right to publish photos since any person holds the copyright to their own photos, but Amazon Ring door bell all over the world can capture your photos and stores them on Amazon servers to benefit some interested agencies such as NSA!!!
     
  8. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 690   +331

    Have you seen those photos? lets see what they got first.
     
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,578   +3,754

    Not fair. I'm an aging American, and I could care less than not at all about "Bezo's bullet".

    I would however, like to give MacKenzie a rebound ride. It's pretty obvious that she's been well maintained!

    (Although I have to admit, it would be rather tragic not to behold the organ the world's richest man is doing all of his thinking with these days).

    Maybe we could pair the National Enquirer with Trump's porn star buddy, for a, "I'll show you Donald's, if you show me Jeff's", celebrity junk smack down, as it were.
     
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