The sector’s richest guy, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, has accused the Nationwide Enquirer’s proprietor of seeking to blackmail him over lewd footage.
Mr Bezos mentioned the mag’s guardian corporate American Media Inc (AMI) sought after him to drop an investigation into the way it received his non-public messages.
Mr Bezos and his spouse, MacKenzie, mentioned final month they had been getting divorced.
Their announcement got here simply sooner than the Nationwide Enquirer carried stories concerning the tech titan’s extramarital affair.
AMI has no longer but replied to the BBC’s request for remark.
What does Bezos declare?
In a shocking weblog put up on Thursday, Mr Bezos posted an e-mail he mentioned were despatched to his intermediaries by means of AMI’s representatives threatening to submit “intimate pictures” of Mr Bezos and his lover, former TV host Lauren Sanchez.
The billionaire, who additionally owns the Washington Submit, mentioned AMI had sought after him to make a “false public observation” that the Nationwide Enquirer’s protection of him and his mistress was once no longer politically motivated.
“Slightly than capitulate to extortion and blackmail,” wrote Mr Bezos, “I have determined to submit precisely what they despatched me, in spite of the private price and embarrassment they threaten.”
Early within the weblog put up, Mr Bezos mentions AMI’s hyperlinks to President Donald Trump.
Why does he point out President Trump?
Mr Bezos mentioned his possession of the Washington Submit was once a “complexifier” for him as a result of he had made enemies of “positive robust other folks”, together with President Donald Trump, who’s a chum of AMI’s boss David Pecker.
AMI not too long ago admitted it had co-ordinated with the Trump presidential marketing campaign to pay a Playboy style $150,000 (£115,000) in hush cash to stay quiet about her alleged affair with Mr Trump.
Mr Bezos notes in his weblog put up how the writer confessed to the so-called “catch and kill” deal to bury Karen McDougal’s politically embarrassing tale.
AMI’s settlement to co-operate with federal government approach it is going to no longer face prison fees over the bills, Big apple prosecutors introduced in December.
Mr Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen – who facilitated the hush cash on the route, he says, of Mr Trump – has already admitted violating marketing campaign finance rules.