According to court documents, Lauren Sanchez’s ex-husband is the source who leaked her affair with billionaire Jeff Bezos.
Hollywood agent Patrick Whitesell was still married to TV host Sanchez when the National Enquirer released the news two years ago that she and Amazon boss Bezos were having an affair.
At the time, 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, ending Bezos’s 25-year marriage to his wife MacKenzie Scott.
But now the National Enquirer reporter who reported on the story in court documents claims that it was Sanchez’s rejected husband Whitesell who discovered the affair and turned to the media for wanting to get out of the marriage, The everyday beast reports.
Lauren Sanchez’s ex-husband Patrick Whitesell reportedly revealed her affair with billionaire Jeff Bezos to the National Enquirer gossip magazine
Hollywood agent Patrick Whitesell was still married to TV host Sanchez when The National Enquirer reported the news two years ago that she and Amazon boss Bezos were having an affair
The journalist who reported on the story in 2019 is Nikolaos Tzima Hatziefstathiou, a reporter with an eventful past of his own.
The reporter who told the story Nikolaos Tzima Hatziefstathiou claims that Whitesell first brought the affair to the tabloid’s attention
Hatziefstathiou claims that Whitesell first brought the affair to the tabloid’s attention and was his main source for the story.
He makes these allegations in a defamation lawsuit brought by Michael Sanchez against AMI.
Michael claims the tabloid lied when he claimed he was their main source in voicing the affair.
The application obtained by The Daily Beast claims that ‘Mr. Whitesell discovered the affair, and by serving as AMA’s (then the name of the National Enquirer’s parent company) secret, undisclosed source, the divorce literally turned into a “ get out of the divorce-free ” card via a pre-divorce. , in which he appears flawless and scandal-free, just months before the planned IPO of WME. ‘
Whitesell is a top Hollywood agent representing A-listers Matt Damon, Gal Gadot, Matt Damon, Keanu Reeves, Ben Affleck and more at William Morris Endeavors. He and Sanchez were married for 13 years before the affair ended their marriage.
A Whitesell spokesman said in a statement to the Daily Beast: “ This is categorically untrue, and unfortunately not the first time we’ve seen Michael Sanchez’s desperate attempt to perpetuate this strange and exhausting circus.
The fact that Patrick is involved in this bizarre series of lawsuits and accusations is a direct result of the nature of those involved and is completely unrelated to reality. Any suggestion to the contrary is malicious and defamatory. ‘
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
Whitesell is a top Hollywood agent representing A-listers Matt Damon, Gal Gadot, Matt Damon, Keanu Reeves, Ben Affleck and more at William Morris Endeavors. He and Sanchez were married for 13 years before the affair ended their marriage and are pictured with Bezos in 2016
Although Hatziefstathion claims in the filing that he filled “ ten terabytes ” of data with documents about AMI’s coverage of the affair, none were included in the filing outside of his statement.
Hatziefstathiou has a questionable past after being charged in 2019 with tampering with public records and forgery, among other charges.
Prosecutors accused him of posing as a Good Morning America producer and New York Times reporter to obtain government documents.
He is also said to have sent dozens of prostitutes to his neighbor’s house and then reported a malfunction to the police.
The question of who leaked the affair has been an ongoing international saga, with some reports referring to the Saudi royal family.
Bezos himself has long pushed the suggestion that Saudi Arabia was involved as the source of the investigator. Bezos’ researchers, backed by UN officials, said the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia had sent malicious code in a WhatsApp message that compromised the mobile phone of Bezos, Amazon’s CEO and owner of the Washington Post.
But last year, federal prosecutors in Manhattan revealed they had evidence that Sanchez had sent intimate text messages to her sibling Michael, who sold them to the National Enquirer.
Prosecutors received a text message from Sanchez’s phone to her brother Michael on May 10, 2018, containing text messages from her close friends with Bezos. The Wall Street Journal looked at the text messages and a $ 200,000 payment Michael received from the Enquirer under an October 2018 contract.
Prosecutors obtained the documents in the ongoing investigation into Bezos’ allegation that the investigator tried to extort him by threatening to publish his nude photos and whether his phone had been hacked.
Whitesell, meanwhile, has moved on from Sanchez with actress Pia Miller – pictured together
Miller announced her engagement to Whitesell in November and the 37-year-old Australian actress has now convinced fans that she is secretly married to the multi-millionaire agent, 56
Whitesell has since moved from Sanchez with actress Pia Miller.
Miller announced her engagement to Whitesell in November, and the 37-year-old Australian actress has now convinced fans that she is secretly married to the multi-millionaire agent, 56.
She posted a photo on Instagram on Wednesday in which Patrick appeared to be wearing a wedding ring.
Last month, Bezos received a small portion of the $ 1.7 million in legal fees he wanted from Michael and was paid $ 218,385.
A judge ruled that the number of hours invoiced and the efforts of eight lawyers was ‘not reasonable’.
In November, Judge John P. Doyle of the Los Angeles County Superior Court dismissed the case, saying Sanchez’s allegations were heavily rumored.
Bezos said in a filing that Michael betrayed him and his sister by selling their private messages to the tabloid for $ 200,000.
Bezos accused him of subsequently doubling down by filing a lawsuit intended to harass Bezos into a settlement “ by threatening the discovery and disclosure of private matters. ”