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Bezos accuses National Enquirer of ‘extortion’

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Jeff Bezos, Amazon’s chief executive, accused the owner of The National Enquirer on Thursday of trying “extortion and blackmail” to stop his investigat­ion into how his private text messages and photos documentin­g his extramarit­al affair were leaked to the tabloid. In a personal online post, Bezos said intermedia­ries of David Pecker, chairman of American Media Inc., the owner of The Enquirer, had approached him to stop his investigat­ion. Bezos said he had been told that if he refused, the publisher would make public risqué photos of him and the woman he was seeing, Lauren Sanchez.

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