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The National Enquirer May Have Designed the Jeff Bezos Case

Brother of Jeff Bezos’ mistress got $200,000 from The National Enquirer for the racy text messages and other dirt used in their story that sunk the billionaire’s marriage, a report stated.

The tabloid paid the cash to Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos mistress Lauren Sanchez, with an upfront contract in alternate for the text messages utilized in an 11-page unfold about their affair that was revealed in January, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Michael Sanchez, who has been a longtime source for the Enquirer, started talking to the tabloid about Bezos and his sister’s relationship last fall, in accordance with the report. Sanchez and the Enquirer finalized the deal on Oct. 26.

The Enquirer’s lawyer, Cameron Stracher, included an upfront cost within the contract to show the story wouldn’t be a “catch and kill” operation much like those it had carried out on behalf of President Trump throughout the 2016 presidential election, the newspaper reported.

Within the bombshell report, the Enquirer included some text exchanges between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez. In response to the report, Bezos, using his longtime security consultant, launched an investigation into how the tabloid obtained the non-public info.

Incensed on the investigation into the Enquirer, the CEO, David Pecker, ordered prime editor Dylan Howard to ship an email to Bezos, threatening to publish nude selfies of Bezos if he didn’t finish the probe. Bezos got here clear with a submit on the positioning Medium titled “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” wherein he uncovered the tried shakedown by the tabloid.

“After all, I don’t need private pictures revealed; however, I additionally won’t take part of their properly-identified to follow of blackmail, political favors, political assaults, and corruption. I desire to face up, roll this log over, and see what crawls out,” Bezos wrote within the put up.