Jeff Bezos pushed the theory that Saudi Arabia had an affair with Lauren Sanchez leaked to National Enquirer
Amazon’s founder and CEO tried to divert attention from his affair with Lauren Sanchez when the couple came out in January 2019.
The great news broke that Jeff Bezos was getting divorced from his wife, MacKenzie, who had been married for 25 years.
Hours later, it was revealed that Bezos was dating TV host and helicopter pilot Lauren Sanchez.
A few tumultuous months followed in which leaked texts, photos and blackmail were implicated in a billion dollar divorce from Bezos for meddling by the Saudi Arabian government.
Jeff Bezos, 57, said he was the victim of an unsuccessful extortion attempt by the National Enquirer Magazine, which published intimate lyrics between him and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, 51. The two were pictured together at a Hollywood event last February and are still today. together
The detailed revelations were made in a new book Amazon Unbound by Brad Stone
In a new biography, Amazon Unbound: Jeff Bezos and the Invention of a Global Empire, author Brad Stone describes how Bezos tried to push the theory that the country in the Middle East was behind the leak of personal text messages and a photo of his penis.
Stone says Bezos did it to “shift the focus from the more unsavory and complicated truth.”
But he says there is no “ conclusive evidence ” to suggest that Saudi Arabia hacked into Bezos, let alone that the National Enquirer got a tip that was going to break the scandalous story.
Stone explains that the alleged selfie of Bezos’ genitals was actually ripped off a gay male escort website by Sanchez’s brother, Michael Sanchez, who “ later told FBI investigators for the Southern District of New York that he never took an explicit photo of Bezos in his possession. ‘
Bezos, left, and MacKenzie, right, announced their divorce after 25 years of marriage and four children in January 2019. The divorce split the company’s stock and made MacKenzie the richest woman in the world with a settlement of about $ 38 billion.
Bezos suggested in an essay written in February 2019 on Medium.com how Saudi Arabia was likely behind the National Enquirer story.
Bezos seemed to argue that there was an unsavory connection between the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and American Media Inc., the publisher of the National Enquirer.
Bezos accused AMI of “ extortion and blackmail ” and claimed it threatened to publish nude photos of him.
Bezos’ took the already muddled question of how the paper got its private text messages and photos and further confused it ‘adding that how the story came about’ needs to be better understood ‘and that’ the Saudi angle has a certain nerve seems to be hitting ‘with the Enquirer’s parent company, American Media Inc.
In support of Bezos’ claim, private security expert Gavin de Becker, a close friend of the Amazon boss, wrote a similar piece for the Everyday beast.
Our investigators and several experts concluded with great confidence that the Saudis had access to Bezos’s phone and received private information. To date, it is unclear to what extent AMI was aware of the details, ‘wrote De Becker.
Lauren Sanchez and Jeff Bezos will attend the Amazon Prime Video celebration in January 2020
Stone wrote in the new book that Bezos’ allegations in Saudi Arabia amounted to “ just a fog of overlapping events, weak links between disparate numbers and more strange coincidences. ”
Stone reveals in his book that the Enquirer was able to receive photos of Bezos from Michael Sanchez, who got about $ 200,000 for the scoop.
He received photos and texts from his sister who allegedly ‘frequently’ sent ‘Bezos’ text messages to him in what is described as an ‘unusual sibling relationship’.
But for Bezos and his advisers, who were still trying to turn the embarrassing events surrounding his divorce for the better, such a cloud of uncertainty at least distracted from the more unsavory and complicated truth, ” concludes Stone in a chapter on the divorce. .
He also notes that an alleged photo of Bezos’ penis was not something Michael Sanchez handed over to the magazine when discussing the story with AMI chief content officer Dylan Howard and editor James Robertson during FaceTime. The image would simply have been taken from images on a gay escort website, Rent.men.
The National Enquirer revealed that the tech entrepreneur had an affair with Sanchez while claiming this was the reason behind his divorce
A spokesman for Dylan Howard said: “ The Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York has informed all parties that it has completed its investigation of Jeff Bezos’ allegations in February 2019 and has declined to prosecute the case. ‘
“We are pleased that the government has decided that Mr. Bezos’ allegations of blackmail and extortion of personnel at The National Enquirer did not merit prosecution, as we had thought all along.”
Emails to Amazon and De Becker have not been returned.
Michael Sanchez has said before, “I would never sell anyone.”
The tabloid and parent company AMI claimed that Sanchez’s brother Michael Sanchez was the one who leaked private texts and snappy photos of the affair. The siblings are shown together
Michael Sanchez, a Hollywood talent agent, was the source of the report, AMI said, but Sanchez has said before, “I would never sell anyone.”
Last month, Micheal Sanchez doubled down on his claim that he did not leak an explicit selfie of Bezos to the National Enquirer.
His attorney told DailyMail.com that he did not serve as the source of the question for the affair story, nor did he share any of the photos that backed it up.
The National Enquirer had followed Bezos and Sanchez for months as they met in secret and then splashed photos of them together through the magazine.
Bezos split from MacKenzie, eventually becoming the most expensive divorce in history.
In February of this year, Bezos announced that he would step down as CEO of Amazon 27 years after he co-founded it with his ex-wife, building it into one of the most successful $ 1 companies of all time. 7 trillion.
Bezos announced the move in a letter to his 1.3 million Amazon employees, insisting that he is not retiring but wants to focus on his ‘passions’, including his space and climate change activities.
He will be replaced in July by 53-year-old Andy Jassy, the current CEO of the Amazon empire cloud company Amazon Web Services (AWS).