Jeff Bezos, founder, and CEO of Amazon published a letter on a Thursday sent to him by National Enquirer, which attempts to blackmail him.
Jeff Bezos’ titillating history with National Enquirer begins some months back when National Enquirer published a series of intimate and private text messages and chats between Bezos and his girlfriend, Laura Sanchez. Jeff who was still married was feared to be entering a quagmire of divorce issues and the problems that come with. While many had predicted the divorce to stand at probably one of the messiest divorces that would happen in history, the couple played it down, and Jeff’s wife admitted they had been apart for long without making their decision public. Thus, making National Enquirer’s exclusive post of ‘high-profile’ cheating extremely inconsequential.
Jeff has however revealed he was more concerned about the motive and reason behind National Enquirer’s post and how they got hold of the private chats in the first place. The billionaire and world’s richest tech tycoon also owns popular news agency, Washington Post, which is famous for its investigative journalism and critical news pieces. This has caused Jeff to believe many institutions and individual bodies including current US president, Donald Trump, have taken him for an enemy rather than realizing Washington Post as an independent body neutral from his influences.
Below the Belt Selfie
The letter published by Jeff Bezos details the well-articulated blackmailing nonsense that owner of American Media (AMI), David Pecker—who also owns National Enquirer—sent to him. Pecker’s interesting letter threatens to publish a picture of Bezos’ “d*ck pick [sic]” and nine other lewd pictures containing him in unflattering moments through the Enquirer if Bezos does not cease the investigation he had experienced Gavin De Becker carry out on AMI and its political affiliations.
According to Bezos, in his medium post that has already garnered hundreds of thousands of claps, Pecker and the National Enquirer must have thought their blackmail masterpiece was ‘irrefusable’ for him, a gesture which he has come to appreciate and capitalize on. An excerpt from Pecker’s addressed blackmail letter read:
However, in the interests of expediating this situation, and with The Washington Post poised to publish unsubstantiated rumors of The National Enquirer’s initial report, I wanted to describe to you the photos obtained during our newsgathering.
In addition to the “below the belt selfie — otherwise colloquially known as a ‘d*ck pick’” — The Enquirer obtained a further nine images. These include:
- Mr. Bezos face selfie at what appears to be a business meeting.
- Ms. Sanchez response — a photograph of her smoking a cigar in what appears to be a simulated oral sex scene.
- A shirtless Mr. Bezos holding his phone in his left hand — while wearing his wedding ring. He’s wearing either tight black cargo pants or shorts — and his semi-erect manhood is penetrating the zipper of said garment.
- A full-length body selfie of Mr. Bezos wearing just a pair of tight black boxer-briefs or trunks, with his phone in his left hand — while wearing his wedding ring.
- A selfie of Mr. Bezos fully clothed.
- A full-length scantily-clad body shot with short trunks.
- A naked selfie in a bathroom — while wearing his wedding ring. Mr. Bezos is wearing nothing but a white towel — and the top of his pubic region can be seen.
- Ms. Sanchez wearing a plunging red neckline dress revealing her cleavage and a glimpse of her nether region.
- Ms. Sanchez wearing a two-piece red bikini with gold detail dress revealing her cleavage.
It would give no editor pleasure to send this email. I hope common sense can prevail — and quickly.
How David Pecker had considered the above list of salacious wonder newsworthy defies sane imagination. However, Bezos is glad to have been handed this on a golden plate. Instead of being threatened, he wrote that he has decided to stand up to the growing manners of blackmail that is threatening others like him.
“Well, that got my attention. But not in the way they likely hoped,” he wrote. “Any personal embarrassment AMI could cause me takes a back seat because there’s a much more important matter involved here. If in my position I can’t stand up to this kind of extortion, how many people can?”
Bezos claims his decision to bring this into light despite the embarrassment it could bring him have caused people who had been a similar victim of AMI’s extortion attempts to voice out too.