The National Enquirer’s publisher paid $200K to obtain intimate texts between Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his mistress Lauren Sanchez, Reports ‘The Wall Street Journal’. American Media Inc., the supermarket tabloid’s publisher, reportedly paid the sum to Michael Sanchez, Lauren’s brother.
The Journal’s finds, attribute to people familiar with the matter, parallels the conclusion reached by private investigators working for Bezos as of early February.
Those investigators reportedly found that Michael Sanchez had leaked the texts to the Enquirer, although they didn’t appear to conclude who might have paid for them. Lauren Sanchez’s Brother Reportedly Gets $200K for Leaking Jeff Bezos’ Private Texts and Photos.
Bezos has said AMI blackmail to publish Specific photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the Enquirer get his private exchanges and publicly announce that the Enquirer’s coverage of him was not politically motivated.
On Jan. 10, the National Enquirer leaked Jeff Bezos’ private texts and photos to helicopter pilot Lauren Sanchez.
People “familiar with the matter,” that it was Lauren’s very own brother, talent agent and conservative Michael Sanchez, who allegedly provided the texts to the tabloid, told ‘The Wall Street Journal’.
Reports from The Daily Beast and The Associated Press, and even Jeff’s security chief Gavin de Becker, already named Michael as the possible source in Feb. 2019.
But on March 18, the Wall Street Journal’s report put a price tag on the alleged deal ($200,000) explains how the family relation supposedly struck up a contract with the supermarket publication.
Sources have reached out to the reps for Jeff Bezos, Lauren Sanchez, Michael Sanchez and AMI for contact. National Enquirer Paid Lauren Sanchez’s Brother $200K To Leak Jeff Bezos’ Private Texts and Photos.
Michael, a supporter of President Donald Trump “has long been a source for the Enquirer and its top editor, Dylan Howard,” according to WSJ’s sources. Trump is also a critic of The Washington Post, which Jeff owns.
Lauren’s brother began speaking with the National Enquirer in the fall of 2018, the insiders claim. Multiple outlets reported that Jeff and Lauren had already separated from their respective partners. (Jeff’s wife Mackenzie, and Lauren’s husband/William Morris Endeavor executive chairman Patrick Whitesell).
Lauren Sanchez’s Brother (Michael Sanchez) Gets $200K for Leaking Jeff Bezos’ Private Texts and Photos.
The tabloid was also supposedly investigating the alleged affair by then. But David Pecker, the chief executive of American Media (which owns National Enquirer), was hesitant about running the defamatory story out of fear that Jeff would sue.
Even with his concerns, the chief executive approved the $200,000 deal between the National Enquirer and Michael, insiders claimed.
Which was said to be negotiated by “American Media’s chief content officer, Mr Howard; its general counsel for media, Cameron Stracher; and others.”
If true, this pay-off was “higher” than what the outlet’s sources normally received, according to the report. Michael allegedly entered into a contract with American Media on Oct. 26, 2018, and was paid the $200,000 upfront.
Michael during an interview with Vanity Fair
Michael has already denied leaking photos of Jeff’s genitalia. “I had nothing to do with the leak of the Private pics. That’s the important thing…I never had access. It’s clear they were sent to others.
He continued, There are, like, 20 dick pics. Lauren likely shared them with multiple girlfriends, not in a malicious way, he told in an interview of Vanity Fair published on Feb. 14.
Lauren’s brother wasn’t as straightforward when asked about the romantic messages linked to Jeff. “I’m not saying I didn’t do something. Until I go under oath, what I can tell you now is that ever since April 20. When I met Jeff, my only goal has been to protect Jeff and Lauren.”
Jeff confirms the “intimate texts” belonged to him and accuse the National Enquirer of attempts to blackmail him. 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. He wrote in a lengthy blog post on Medium that drew praise across the Internet.
As reported before, the texts and Photos included a multiple of private pictures of Jeff and Lauren. Among them was a “below the belt selfie” and a picture of her “smoking cigar in what appears to be a simulated oral sex scene.”
The Billionaire Bezos revealed last month that the Enquirer threatened to leak his private and intimate photos if his team didn’t stop investigating the publication.