AMI claims reports on Amazon Chief are not "politically motivated"
- 5 months ago
The owner of U.S. tabloid newspaper the National Enquirer pushed back on Friday against accusations of “extortion and blackmail” from Amazon.com Inc Chief Executive Jeff Bezos, saying its reporting on an extramarital relationship involving the world’s richest man was lawful and it would investigate his claims.
Bezos accused American Media Inc (AMI) of trying to blackmail him with the threat of publishing “intimate photos” he allegedly sent to his girlfriend unless he said in public that the American supermarket tabloid’s reporting on him was not politically motivated.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan is reviewing whether the alleged extortion violated a non-prosecution agreement according to a person familiar with the situation.
AMI signed the agreement with federal prosecutors last year in connection with a $150,000 hush-money payment to a former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with U.S. President Donald Trump, whom denied such event ever took place.
The agreement can be voided if Should AMI be found of committing a crime, the agreement would be voided and according to legal experts AMI or its executives could face prosecution for the hush payment and its conduct with Bezos.
AMI’s CEO David Pecker has previously had close links to Trump, whom has not shied away from criticizing Bezos, his company and the Washington Post, which Bezos privately owns.
In a statement AMI said that, “American Media believes fervently that it acted lawfully in the reporting of the story of Mr. Bezos.”
Source: Smart Trend Team