The National Enquirer paid $ 200,000 to Jeff Bezos' mistress's brother for the racy texting and other words used in their story that sank the billionaire's wedding, a report said.
The tabloid paid the money to Michael Sanchez, the brother of Bezos' mistress, Lauren Sanchez, with an initial contract in exchange for texting used in an 11-page page on their case published in January, according to the Wall Street Newspaper.
Michael Sanchez, who is a longtime source for Enquirer, began talking to Bezos' tabloid and his sister's relationship last fall, according to the report. Sanchez and Enquirer finalized the agreement on October 26th.
Enquirer's attorney, Cameron Stracher, included in the contract an advance payment proving that the story would not be a "catch and kill" type operation similar to the one she's been doing. had conducted on behalf of President Trump during the 2016 presidential election, the newspaper reported.
In the bomb report, the Enquirer included a number of text exchanges between Bezos and Lauren Sanchez.
"I love you, living girl. I will show you with my body, my lips and my eyes, very soon, "wrote Bezos to Sanchez in a text from April 2018, according to the investigator.
In response to the report, Bezos, with the help of his long-time security consultant, launched an investigation into how the tabloid obtained the personal information.
The managing director, David Pecker, enraged by the investigation on Enquirer, ordered his editor, Dylan Howard, to send an email to Bezos, threatening to publish Bezos naked selfies alone. he did not end the investigation.
Bezos came out with a message on the Medium site titled "No thanks, Mr. Pecker", in which he exposed the attempt to bypass the tabloid.
"Of course, I do not want personal photos to be published, but I will not participate in their well-known practice of blackmail, political favors, political attacks and corruption. I prefer to get up, roll this newspaper and see what happens, "wrote Bezos in his message.