Transcript for Prosecutors reviewing allegations of extortion between Jeff Bezos & National Enquirer
We begin with the face off between Amazon CEO Jeff bezos and the “National enquirer.” Tonight federal prosecutors are looking at this. Bezos alleging the owners of the “National enquirer” were trying to blackmail him. Bezos going public with the emails lawyers for the “National enquirer” sent him describing the photos they had. The parent company now responding to those allegations. Linsey Davis leading us off tonight. Reporter: Tonight, federal prosecutors are now reviewing those bombshell allegations by attempted to extort and blackmail him by threatening to release compromising pictures, including nude photos of the billionaire, if he did not back off on his investigation of the tabloid. The tabloid saying they acted lawfully in what they called negotiations with the Amazon founder. But after he says he was threatened with those photos, he decided to go public, posting a lengthy blog which allegedly contained emails between him and representatives of the “National enquirer” leaving in embarrassing details, writing — but I also won’t participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks, and corruption.” It all started last month when, just days after bezos and his wife announced they were divorcing after 25 years, private text messages with his alleged mistress Lauren Sanchez were published by “The enquirer.” Bezos, who also owns “The Washington post”, which reports extensively on the trump administration, hired his own investigators he says to determine how the tabloid got pictures of him and if they were politically motivated, referencing Ami chairman and CEO David pecker’s close relationship with the president — who has frequently gone after bezos. “Washington post,” I have to tell you — I respect for Jeff bezos, but he bought “The Washington post” to have political influence. Reporter: Bezos says he started receiving threatening emails referring to those personal photos that included a “Below the belt selfie,” and one of bezos naked wearing “Nothing but a white towel” and his wedding ring and showing the top of his pubic region. According to the emails, the company would agree “Not to publish, distribute, share, or describe unpublished texts and photos.” In exchange, bezos would stop his investigation and publically state that he has “No knowledge” that “The enquirer’s” reporting was “Politically motivated.” Tonight one more major turn. Prosecutor will be reviewing whether the owners of the “National enquirer” violated an immu agreement they reached with feds looking into a campaign finance arjsment that involved the “National enquirer” killing stories damaging to the president just before the election. If the prosecutors in their discretion believe that a crime has been committed that could wipe out that immunity agreement and lead to additional prosecutions. The parent company of the “National enquirer” issued a statement today saying they acted lawfully and at the time of the recent allegations made by Mr. Bezos it was in good faith negotiations to resolve all matters with him. They say they plan to convene the board to investigation. Linsey, thank you. To other news and the fiery
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