We’re breaking down a timeline of the movie-worthy drama surrounding Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos:
- Last month, Bezos announced on Twitter he and his wife of 25 years, Mackenzie, planned to divorce. Publications speculated how his $137 billion net worth would be split.
- Hours later, the National Enquirer published an exposé (with text messages and graphic selfies) on Bezos’ eight-month affair with former TV anchor Lauren Sanchez who is married to Patrick Whitesell, a Hollywood talent agent. Bezos’ ownership of The Washington Post newspaper was also drawn into the spotlight.
- Bezos started a private investigation to find out how the National Enquirer obtained his messages and pictures. Lauren Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, a pro-Trump Hollywood talent manager, is rumored to be the source.
- Last Thursday, Bezos published a blog post with emails as proof, accusing David J. Pecker, chairman of American Media (parent company of National Enquirer) and President Trump’s close friend, of blackmail and extortion.
- Bezos says the National Enquirer threatened to publish graphic selfies of Bezos unless he issued a statement denying the magazine’s reporting was politically motivated and cease all investigation into how they obtained the photos. He writes, “Of course I don’t want personal photos published, but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption. I prefer to stand up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out.”
- People were reminded, a few months ago, federal prosecutors found the National Enquirer regularly published pro-Trump stories and facilitated a “catch-and-kill” scheme. Pecker coordinated with Trump’s presidential campaign to pay two women (former Playboy model Karen McDougal and pornographic film star Stormy Daniels) for rights to their stories on affairs with Trump and deliberately buried them until after the 2016 presidential elections. Pecker was granted immunity by U.S. authorities in return for testifying about this scheme and promising not to commit any more similar crimes (U.S. law bars corporations from spending money to influence elections in coordination with a candidate or campaign).
- Bezos also claims he’s been targeted due to his ownership of The Washington Post.
- The National Enquirer denies any illegal and politically motivated scheme and launched their own investigation into Bezos’ claims.
- Federal prosecutors are now reviewing the National Enquirer story on Bezos and his claims of blackmail and extortion.
Our thoughts? Nobody’s safe from nude selfie leaks.
Image Source: The New York Times