CE O’ s lawyer de­nies En­quirer tried to ex­tort Be­zos

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WASHINGTON >> The Na­tional En­quirer com­mit­ted nei­ther extortion nor black­mail by threat­en­ing to pub­lish in­ti­mate pho­tos of Ama­zon CEO Jeff Be­zos, an at­tor­ney for the head of the tabloid’s par­ent com­pany said Sun­day. Elkan Abro­mowitz, an at­tor­ney for Amer­i­can Me­dia Inc. chief ex­ec­u­tive David Pecker, said on Sun­day a “reli­able source” well-known to Be­zos and his mistress pro­vided the story about the bil­lion­aire’s ex­tra­mar­i­tal af­fair. Be­zos has said AMI threat­ened to pub­lish the ex­plicit pho­tos of him un­less he stopped in­ves­ti­gat­ing how the En­quirer ob­tained his pri­vate ex­changes with his mistress, for­mer TV an­chor Lau­ren Sanchez, and pub­licly de­clare that the En­quirer’s cov­er­age of him was not po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated. Be­zos also owns The Washington Post. Be­zos’ in­ves­ti­ga­tors have sug­gested the En­quirer’s cov­er­age of his af­fair was driven by dirty pol­i­tics, and the high-pro­file clash has pit­ted the world’s rich­est man against the leader of Amer­ica’s best-known tabloid, who is a strong backer of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

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