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WSJ claims Enquirer paid $200k to brother of Bezos' mistress for racy texts

March 19, 2019 - 10:23 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- So how exactly did a tabloid get those racy texts from Amazon's Jeff Bezos?

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the National Enquirer paid $200,000 to the brother of Bezos' mistress for racy text messages and other material that contributed to the collapse of the billionaire's marriage.   

After the Enquirer ran a story, Bezos kicked off an investigation into how the tabloid got the personal information. That angered enquirer CEO David Pecker, who according to the report, ordered a top editor to send an email to Bezos threatening to release nude photos if he did not end the investigation.

Bezos then exposed the attempted shakedown.

Federal prosecutors in New York launced a probe into whether the Enquirer's parent company violated a cooperation agreement in its handling of the story regarding Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.

Bezos claims American Media Inc. threatened to publish intimate photos of him unless he stopped investigating how the tabloid obtained his private exchanges with his mistress.

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