- The Daily Beast reports that it was Michael Sanchez, the brother of Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ lover, Lauren Sanchez, who obtained the couple’s private text messages and passed them onto The National Enquirer.
- Citing “multiple sources” at AMI, the tabloid’s parent company, The Beast confirmed what AMI had hinted at earlier on Sunday, that a “reliable” source close to both people provided “information.”
- In an extraordinary public statement last week, Bezos blogged that the tabloid was threatening to release the texts as a favour to, or at the behest of, U.S. President Donald Trump.
The brother of Jeff Bezos’ girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, gave the compromising text messages of a sexual nature to the tabloid National Enquirer, The Daily Beast reports.
The Beast cited “multiple sources” inside the tabloid’s parent company as well as another source close to AMI leaders that Michael Sanchez was the source of the compromising texts.
A lawyer for AMI and the tabloid’s CEO David Pecker, Elkan Abramowitz, denied the allegations that the tabloid tried to blackmail the Amazon CEO.
“It absolutely is not extortion and not blackmail,” Abramowitz, told ABC on Sunday.
“What happened was the story was given to the National Enquirer by a reliable source that had been giving information to the National Enquirer for seven years prior to the story. It was a source that was well known to both Mr Bezos and Miss Sanchez.”
The Daily Beast reportedly put the question to Sanchez’s brother more than a half-dozen times. He did not reply.
Earlier, Business Insider’s John Haltiwanger reported that Michael Sanchez was already the source of intense speculation regrading the messages.
And Abramowitz on Sunday dropped hints that the source was a long time associate of the tabloid.
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SOURCE: Business Insider – Christian Edwards